FALL ENTERTAINING | APPLE CIDER THREE WAYS
I have to admit something.
I absolutely HATE
cold chilly any less-than-warm weather. Like really?! Cloudy, rainy, chilly, snowy weather is not my thing.
Now you know why I’m obsessed with tea. Chai tea to be exact.
Even though tea is my absolute fav thing to warm my soul, I do love a good cup of apple cider. It’s the perf reminder of fall and the holiday season that is quickly approaching!
Because, we all know, October went by way too quickly!
This year, I think my friends and I are going to get together and have a dinner a couple days before Thanksgiving. And if that’s the case, I’m going to be on kitchen duty. I’m always on kitchen duty.
What better thing to make to start a party than apple cider, three ways. So holiday-esque.
And it’s super simple to make. All you need is…
x 3 cups apple cider (more or less)
x 1 orange
x some cloves. whole cloves.
x 2 cinnamon sticks
x an oven, a pot, and your hands, my friend.
Take the cloves, and stick them in the peel of the orange until it looks like a weird polka dotted orange ball. Throw that in a pan with your cider and cinnamon sticks and let that sucker simmer. I usually let it go for like an hour, or whenever I decide I want to come back to it.
SIDENOTE: this makes for an amazingly delicious home fragrance. Just saying.
Now, about this whole ‘three-way’ thing…
If you want your cider hot, pour it in a super cute mug (I just love this glass mug I snagged from Tarje!!) and call it a day.
Super easy right?!
Cold apple cider isn’t any harder, I promise. You’ll just have to wait a little bit, hunn.
Pour your cider into a pitcher and put it on ice. Allow it to cool down a bit, then stick it in the fridge. Or freezer, depending on how thirsty you are.
When the cider is done, pair it with a pretty straw to jazz things up a bit.
And now for the star of the party!!
Yassss!! Okay, so when I make a big pitcher of this stuff, I add 1 Redd’s Apple Ale for every 1.5 cups of cider. (You don’t have to be as heavy handed as me of course, but hey, it’s Friday!!)
Adding some Southern Comfort doesn’t hurt either.
Stir that all up, pour it into a glass and top it with a splash of simple syrup to even things out. (I bought some at the store, but you can definitely make it on the stove with sugar and water.)
For entertaining, I always sex my drink up with frozen apple slices (as my ice! I know right, sooo fetch!) and line the rim with gold glitter sprinkles. We all know I’m the gold glitter queen.
Add a cinammon stick for stirring and a sprinkle of cinnamon for color and you’ve got one heck of a party drink!
You can’t go wrong with apples and caramel dip on the side, either. My fav fall snack.
Are you planning a holiday party? What entertaining recipes do you have up your sleeve?
I need some other ideas for our holiday get together! Help me out, I’d sooo love it! With Love, M&W.
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