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Cute Drink Stirrers + Spiked Apple Cider

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DIY personalized drink stirrers

Here’s another super cute idea from the brides.com Orange Crush wedding gallery, perfect for personalizing fall & winter weddings or showers: hot apple cider dressed up with personalized drink stirrers and a cinnamon stick. Serve this up in see-through coffee mugs, like these cool Irish Coffee Glasses from Crate & Barrel. ($2.95 each)

Irish coffee glasses

To make the drink stirrers, print a bunch of initials on a sheet of paper on your computer, reversed out in white on a background color, then use a circular craft punch to cut them out. If you want to get super crafty, you could also paint the letters onto colored paper or use a silver, gold or opaque white marker.

To use this idea for a holiday event or Thanksgiving dinner, instead of using initials, try lining the cups up on fun serving trays or a counter top before guests arrive, and have the drink stirrers spell out a phrase like “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Merry Christmas”.

spiked apple cider recipe

Signature cocktail more your style? Instead of regular cider, try this yummy Spiked Apple Cider recipe from Rachael Ray: (full recipe after the jump)


{via Everyday with Rachael Ray}


  • 2 quarts apple cide
  • 1 cup apple brandy
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder


1. In a large pot, combine all the ingredients over high heat and bring to a simmer.
2. Lower the heat and keep warm.
3. To serve, strain through a fine mesh sieve into a heatproof pitcher and pour into mugs.
This Buttered Spiked Cider sound de-lish too!


  1. Julie November 14, 2008 at 10:31 am

    This is such a cute idea! And the spiked cider recipes look YUM-O! :)

  2. Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors November 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I really like the presentation of your Orange Crush gallery. The trail mix favors are such a unique and earthy idea. I like!!!

  3. Madelyn @ Southern Weddings November 17, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I adore these stirrers. They are so simple and yet so chic! Wonderful!

  4. Lisa Jeffries November 17, 2008 at 9:29 am

    TOTALLY making these for my college group’s annual Thanksgiving feast and drinking event!

  5. Jennifer @ GreetQ, Personalized Modern Greetings November 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Spiked cider! A perfect way to warm the never-ending, drizzly days here in Seattle. Another great idea is “Vin Chaud” or “Hot Mulled Spiced Wine.” During the holidays, they serve this on the streets of Paris as you shop in the outdoor markets. It’s romantic and keeps you warm & toasty as you shop! You can find recipes on the web.

  6. Heidi November 19, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Personalized drink stirrers… way too fun! Hmm, i’m craving a dressed up hot apple cider now.

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