Spiced Local Cider

 

This is the perfect time of year to cozy up with a warm cup of fresh, local cider. Here we are incorporating a quick and easy spiced simple syrup, which you can also use in a winter fruit salad, sangria, or cranberry sauce. Its delicious on its own, or you can add a drop of Bourbon for a seasonal adult beverage perfect for entertaining.

 

Spiced Local Cider

 

Ingredients


 
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Method


For the Spiced Simple Syrup, combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar, then allow to cool to room temperature.

Rim glasses with maple granules by dipping the rim of each glass into a shallow bowl of cider or water, then into a shallow bowl of maple granules.

Combine the apple cider, spiced syrup and optional Bourbon in a large pitcher. Divide evenly among the rimmed glasses.

Serve warm or on ice!

Persimmon Sour

 

Persimmons are a unique, somewhat mysterious fruit to many. They come into season mid-fall and last through mid-winter, typically October-December each year. They look similar to a tomato, but taste like a papaya, have a stiff texture, and a die-hard cult following. Here we've utilized the tasty fruit in a classic cocktail that even the pickiest eaters can't help but try.

 

Persimmon Sour

 

Ingredients


1½ parts Bourbon

1 part Persimmon Puree / recipe to follow

1 part fresh Sour Mix

Sparking Water / to top

Edible Marigolds / as garnish

 

for the Persimmon Puree:

3-4 large Persimmons / stems removed / quartered

¼ C Sugar

Water / as needed

 
 

Method


For the Persimmon Puree:

In a blender, combine persimmons and sugar, adding water to thin to desired consistency.

 

For the Persimmon Sour:

Shake the bourbon, persimmon, and sour mix in a shaker filled with ice, then pour over ice and top with sparkling water. Stir, then garnish with edible marigolds.

 

White Balsamic and Cranberry Kir Royale

 

You might be asking yourself, "what on earth is a Kir?". Trust us, it's not a typo. A Kir is a classic French wine cocktail that dates back to the mid twentieth century. The original recipe calls for white wine and crème de casis, which evolved into the Kir Royale, made with champagne. Our recipe is a holiday-themed take on the Kir Royale, which is as refreshing as it is stunning. Serve this as an aperitif at your next gathering this social season.

 

White Balsamic and Cranberry Kir Royale

 

Ingredients


½ oz Fondo Di Trebbiano® White Balsamic

5 oz Champagne / chilled

Frozen Cranberries / as garnish

 
 

Method


Add white balsamic to a champagne flute or wine glass. Add cranberries, then top off the glass with Champagne and serve.