Bring on the fall! I for one am all about it this year. I've always really enjoyed the fall, but rarely do I enjoy thinking about what comes after...cold. Lots and lots of cold and snow and then a little more cold and snow after that. So even when I'd really like to enjoy the fall, I was always brought to a halt thinking about my imminent doom soon thereafter. But this year, for some very welcome reason, I opened up my arms and embraced it without pause.
This new-found joy over fall put me into a tizzy of needing to do all things fall related. One such activity resulted in this fortified-mulled-cider-in-an-apple cocktail. I rejoiced, reveled, and slipped into a happy stupor of autumnal joy.
Mulled Cider Cocktail:
2 bottles of Crispin Cider's "The Saint"
6 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
3/4 c. (or more) Apple Cider
Mulling spices like: Allspice (4-6), cinnamon sticks (2-3), star anise (3) or clove(4-5). You could also add a little orange or ginger if you want to get wild.
3-6 apples, consider that you may mangle them (I know I did, and then adjust accordingly) Also, you'll want to pick large apples with good flat bottoms.
A little lemon juice so the apples don't brown when you cut them
If you want to make the apple cups:
1) Grab an apple and cut just the top off. Rub liberally with the lemon juice to prevent browning
while you're working. I found a handy dandy grapefruit knife that was curved that came in
very handy here. I cut the core out first by simply cutting around it, be careful to not put a
whole in the bottom like I did on my first one!
2) Slowly start to cut your way further around where the core was until you've got most of the
inside out but still have a good sturdy vessel for people to hold. When you're happy with your
artwork you're done! Ta-dah!
If you just want the drink already:
1) Pour the Crispin cider and regular cider into a heavy bottomed pot. Add the mulling spices and
slowly heat over low to med-low heat until it just begins to steadily steam.
2) After the batch starts to steam toss in the bourbon. Serve right away or put a lid on it to keep it
warm. Once the cider starts to steam it is more or less losing its alcohol content, so put a lid on
it and keep that booze safe!
|My first failed apple cup, wa wa waaaa!|