It's October and if you're anything like me, you've already jumped on the harvest bandwagon and gone to a local apple farm. Also, if you're anything like me, you may have bought a huge gallon of delicious apple cider, in spite of knowing full well that unless you're serving it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you'll never use the whole gallon before it gets...wonky...for lack of a better term. Or, perhaps you're some sort of cider aficionado and really will drink it all, in which case...bygones.
Let's say for the sake of today's post you have extra and you hate to waste it.
Idea: Apple Cider Martini's! Yummilicious.
Cider. Vodka. Cinnamon. Voila'!
Here are two simple recipes you might enjoy trying:
The Apple Cider Martini
4 oz. apple cider
2 oz. vodka
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain and pour into your favorite cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The Caramel Apple Cider Martini
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. butterscotch schnapps
splash of apple cider
cinnamon sugar blend
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glassed rimmed in cinnamon sugar.
*Have fun with these. Garnish them with a cinnamon stick or caramel lollipop as pictured above!
**I would be remiss to write about apple farms without giving a little plug to my favorite local ones.
www.thevictorapplefarm.com holds a special place in my heart as it's owned and run by a family that has been an extended part of my family my whole life.
and www.kellysfarmmarket.com in Hilton, N.Y. Crackling fireplace and warm cinnamon sugar donuts. I needn't say more.