Sunday, November 15, 2015

AUTUMNAL WARMERS

 
Contrary to popular belief, your Mistress is not a gin toter. No, it's just my first preference in a cock-a-tail,beverage, bath tub what have you, and it coursed in my veins since birth. I too like my pinot wines, and my  extra dry red wines, my rums, and I also enjoy my winter warmers in the real cold months of a fine liqueur or whiskey bourbon on the rocks. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I enjoy myself a fine apple cider beverage in the fall too. I love me some Apple Cider in general. I go through about 3 half gallons a week!!!! And this season it has been downright delicious. So why not enjoy it in a cock-a-tail I say.  These recipes are the easiest fall cock-a-tails you will ever make. They are delicious, taste like candy, warm you up, and are completely, and utterly non-fail.
 
Cider Whiskey 
The recipe-1 oz. Whiskey
1 oz. Apple Cider
1 12 oz. bottle of Angry Orchard cider(original flavor)
Sugar and cinnamon for the rim
Cinnamon stick and apple slice for the garnish.
 
Lightly wet the rim of the cup with a lemon or bit of water, rub in the cinnamon and sugar mixture(easiest to do this on a plate, not the abs of a houseboy).
Pour 1 oz whiskey and apple cider over the ice.
Top with the Angry Orchard cider (you might not even need a whole bottle, but why not?).
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.
Try not to guzzle it down too fast!
 
Ciderhouse Whiskey
 
Making the boiled cider: Gently boil a gallon apple cider in a heavy-bottomed pot, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced to 18 the original volume (making 2 cups syrup), about 2 hours.(Enjoy the houseboy antics in the meantime)Let cool to room temperature and store, refrigerated, in an air-tight container. For the cocktail: Combine bourbon and boiled cider over ice and stir gently. Twist lemon zest and drop into drink, stir again, and serve. Have four more! Very warming.

The Orchard Sour

The Orchard Sour is a beautiful bourbon based cocktail, mixing together Fall’s greatest produce with Kentucky’s finest delights, like the big ole boys there! This whiskey sour incorporates a winter spiced Apple Simple syrup, to ensure to bring warmth and coziness during the cold months ahead when the houseboys are away!

2 oz Bourbon, Evan Williams or Makers Mark works great, but the choice is yours
3/4 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained without seeds or pulp
3/4 oz Spiced Apple Cider 
3 dashes of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged bitters

In a mixing glass, add the ingredients and add ice. If you happen to have large ice cubes, use one if not the smaller, regular ice will suffice.To shake or stir?!? To be honest, it is entirely up to you. For this particular cocktail, I like to stir it for some time ensuring to chill it thorough, without dilluting and drowning the whiskey. However, if I was making this one for the neighborhood bitches and her friends, I shake it hard and strong, as they like it a little “weaker”. However, it still contains the same amount of alcohol, so I still reap the benefits later!!!!!!!!Strain into a whiskey tumbler, or sniffer, over ice, or savor it straight up.Garnish it with an apple slice.

Of course... I sample all the liquors over the course of time to ensure their taste and freshness.

A HUGE thank-you to my reader, The Midnight Magpie for the lovely picture she sent from Amsterdam on what she said was a "brisk fall morning, alone, with no houseboys." I guess my boys are becoming legendary? I visited there summer of 2014, and thought it was pretty then! I knew I had to include in a post somewhere! Thank you dear!!!!

25 comments:

  1. Great post! I love Apple Cider, so you better believe I'll be trying one or all of these. Can I borrow one of the houseboys to help shake them?

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  2. my farmer relatives have big cider making parties :-)

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  3. Now this may answer why your always in a good mood. I love Apple Cider too, but have never had a cocktail with it, The Cider Whiskey sounds very good to me.

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  4. I'm'a hafta check the liquor cabinet and see if I have any whiskey.
    Mama's thirsty!

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  5. Nothing like a warming spiked cider on a cool evening. They all sound yummy.

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  6. Cider and Amsterdam? Two of my favourite things... Jx

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  7. That Orchard Sour would really hit the spot right now.

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  8. I swear, give the Mistress lemons, and he makes lemonade......among other mind altering drinks. They sound very good."I shake it hard and strong" Double handed no doubt.

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  9. I could go for a cock-a-tail right now but, wouldn't you know it, I don't have a drop o' booze in the house.

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  10. Had I known we would get such tempting cider recipes, I'd sent you a picture sooner. They all sound so good

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  11. Fall is one of my favorite time, so these drinks will be tried out. I love cider too. The question is which one to try first?

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  12. I love hot apple cider, but sometimes, it's a bit sweet for me. These recipe solve that problem -- They all sound so good.

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  13. I love it. I am planning on making some of these for my family all through the holidays. Thanks for sharing. We should know by now where to go for cocktail recipes!!!!

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  14. This explains why everyone is always in a good mood at the Casa? They all sound yummy

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  15. I have actually braised pork chop already with Apple Cider, you should try that sometime. But I love it hot with mulled spices and bourbon on a cold night.....or an evening walk. That picture above is stunning.

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  16. Boiled cider is an ingredient in some really good baked things. King Arthur Flour has a bunch of recipes that call for it. I love the sound of these drinks.

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  17. I say reap all the season has to offer, and you seem to do so beautifully. I agree with others, nothing like a hot cider beverage on a cold night.

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  18. "However, if I was making this one for the neighborhood bitches and her friends, I shake it hard and strong, as they like it a little “weaker”. LOL! We are still talking about the drinks right????

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  19. Give me the Cider Whiskey Sour, please. I like sweet things but too much makes me want to reach for the insulin...

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  20. I firmly support of any drink with a whiskey/ bourbon infusion and cider!

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  21. All these sound luscious! I always add some apple cider when basting turkey. (Picked it up from a friend whose family bastes their turkeys exclusively with ginger ale.)

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  22. Take about a cup of apple cider and a few scoops of ice cream to make an apple cider shake. It's delicious!

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  23. Drink a glass for me! Oh man do they sound good.

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