Apple Thyme Shrub Cocktail

I flick apples in the produce section. I get the occasional eyebrow raise my direction, but I always end up with the crunchiest, crispest apples. The higher pitch the apple makes, the crunchier the fruit. I don’t compromise here, so I’ll happily endure the raised eyebrows. A good fall apple should be bright in flavor and almost brittle like kettle-cooked potato chips.

Apple thyme shrub cocktail

Apples bring back a flood of memories of gallivanting through an apple orchard in Virginia with my family and our close family friends. The rows were littered with half-eaten apples discarded only to sample another variety until our bellies could fit no more….that is, until we were presented with hot apple fritters and fresh-pressed apple cider back at the farm store.

I recently concocted a drink that captures that sweet, bright, tart burst of flavor in an autumn apple. The trick? Keep reading…

Apple Cider Cars

Happy un-Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you were able to relax and enjoy some good food with people you love :)

Apple cider car

I was lucky enough to spend the whole week up in a cabin in the Virginia mountains with my family. While we made all sorts of delicious food for Thanksgiving, including my favorite stuffing recipe of all time and my mom’s famous cranberry relish, I whipped up our signature cocktail, Apple Cider Cars, to sip on throughout the course of the day. I’ll leave you with this seasonal cocktail recipe and a few pictures of the fun up here.

Forest run

Running through the forest along the lake. Le sigh…wonderful :)

Turkey

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Cinnamon Cidercane Cocktail

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. It hit a lot of places very hard (New York City is still out of power for goodness sake), but the fact of the matter is that DC proper was utterly unaffected. As a result, I got two slightly rainy and windy days off of work. I had almost forgotten the sweet excitement of a childhood snow day living on the east coast. (This sort of thing never happens in Southern California.)

So what does one do with two free play days?…make delicious fall cocktails, of course!

When everything was looking bleak, I called my parents who were staying in DC for a few days (admittedly not the best time for a visit), and when I mentioned to them the idea that Caitlyn and I had to stay in for a festive drink party, they were totally on board – one might even say encouraging :) Best parents. Ever.

Fun fact: liquor stores stay open on a hurricane day, but only for a limited time, so throw on any clothes that will withstand the weather, and get there before they close!!!

With Maker’s Mark in hand, the Cinnamon Cidercane was born. Some cider, a little consult from a cocktail enthusiast suggesting toasted cashews, some maple syrup, cinnamon, and bourbon, and you’re in business.

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