Tomorrow is Mabon (at last) and I have a very simple recipe to share. I was not initially planning on doing a beverage, but our kitchen sink/garbage disposal is clogged and I’m trying to put as little down the drain as possible. I didn’t want any difficult food dishes to clean or have to soak, so a Sparkling Cider recipe it is!
I actually am glad it turned out this way – I love how my photos came out, and with it always being so warm still in September, a cold, refreshing drink continues to be much needed. And this is still as festive as can be.
This concoction tastes exactly like its ingredients: apple cider and ginger ale. If you’re a fan of both, you’re bound to enjoy this mix. I would be very interested in trying a spiked version; coconut rum sounds amazing.
I know I’ve been pretty bad so far about posting holiday recipes at the last minute (and that’s usually because I decide to make them at the last minute), but this icy autumn brew is so easy and quick to throw together, it’s what “last minutes” are made for. It would make a wonderful drink to celebrate the arrival of Fall, particularly if you live in the South.
Onward to Autumn!
Chilled Sparkling Apple Cider
– 2 cups ginger ale, or more if needed
– 3 cups apple cider, or more if needed (homemade or store-bought)
– 1 or 2 apples, sliced (for pitcher and glasses)
– cinnamon sticks (one per glass, and I put a couple in the pitcher as well)
Keep cider and ginger ale in fridge until you are ready to create and serve this beverage (keeps effervescence in ale longer).
Put ice in pitcher and then combine ale and cider (this recipe makes 1 liter). Add slices of apple and a cinnamon stick on top.
(*Extra suggestions from the Original Recipe Source: Serve with glasses lined with cinnamon and sugar along the rims. Serve in Chinet Cut Crystal wine cups or tumblers with a bit of ice! If you want to make this into a cocktail you could add a few shots of rum or coconut rum, depending on how spiked you want it.)
Recipe Source: “The Typical Mom”
In other news, I found out yesterday that I won First Place in a local butterfly photography contest I had entered. Below is my winning photo. This coming Tuesday I will be going to pick up my prizes, which include four jars of honey from the organic gardening center that ran the contest and a voucher for a free lunch for four at their farm-to-table restaurant.
We’ll see how it goes; maybe I’ll do a blog post on that experience.
The best season is just starting. Hopefully other things will start looking up and get better.