There’s nothing like the scent of brewing mulled wine to get you in the spirit of Halloween! Kasim Hardaway (you might recognize him from our Cooking with Kasim IG video) is back with a spooky cocktail that’s super fun to make and perfectly autumnal! 

A Kansas City foodie extraordinaire and great human being with excellent taste, Kasim freelances in all things marketing and food-related. He’s launched his own foodstagram and co-founded a boutique marketing agency, TKG. Oh, did we mention he was also recently featured in Food & Wine magazine? Sorry, we had to brag how awesome is Kasim!

This Monstrous Mulled Wine recipe is filled with all our favorite fall spices, plus a tinge of orange to add a slight citrus kick! Rich with cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon–you can expect your home to smell like a Yankee Candle and in a good way. Also, skip pumpkin carving this year and try carving skulls out of these apples. This cocktail will leave you feeling warm, spiced, and maybe a little freaked out. It’s the spooky details for us!

Monstrous Mulled Wine Recipe
by Kasim Hardaway


  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 tbs cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1 large orange, quartered
  • additional orange wedges, cinnamon sticks


  1. Peel apples then slice in half. Put apples in a large bowl filled with cool water and a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Carve out eyes using a scooper. Create nose and mouth using a small paring knife. Get creative with expressions!
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place halved apples on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine water, cardamom pods, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer. Squeeze the juice from the orange quarters into the simmering water.
  4. Pour in Sweet Shiraz and heat until steaming for 10 minutes. Remove the remaining cardamom pods, whole cloves and cinnamon stick. Pour into mugs, garnish with a cinnamon stick, orange wedge / piece and apple skull.

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