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Apple Cider

Lisa Riedl & Anna Schaber are the duo behind the food website, Garnish with Lemon. Years of answering SOS calls from friends and family about what to make for dinner spurred Lisa and Anna to launch their blog as a resource for approachable, seasonal recipes plus tips to make everyday entertaining effortless. During Minnesota summers, you’ll find them on the back porch, swatting mosquitoes, sampling new cocktails and solving the world’s problems, including how to get their kids to eat more veggies.

Fall is in the air, and for our family that means it’s time for apple picking!


Bourbon Citrus Sipper


Apple picking is a tradition in our house. We’ve gone to the same orchard every year since the kids were small. And although they are less enamored with the petting zoo and wagon rides as they were back then, they still get excited about plucking fresh apples from the trees. Of course, no orchard trip is complete without a stop in the orchard snack shack for apple mini donuts. And we never leave without at least a couple gallons of fresh apple cider in the trunk. Hot or cold, fresh cider is a quintessential fall beverage and the base for this slow cooker Bourbon Citrus Sipper.


Bourbon Citrus Sipper


Many of us rely on our slow cookers to save the day when time is tight. Pop a handful of ingredients in that bad boy, and dinner is waiting for you when you walk in the door. But slow cookers are also fantastic tools to use when serving beverages for groups of people. In this BHG recipe, fresh apple cider is mulled with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves for a few hours before adding tangy citrus slices to keep the flavor bright. Bonus: the whole house smells like fall.


The original version of this Bourbon Citrus Sipper calls for anise seeds and pouring bourbon directly into the mix, but since we’re not big anise fans, I omitted the seeds. I also kept the crock of mulled cider alcohol-free and placed the recommended bourbon and a shot glass next to the mugs. Keeping the booze on the side is a simple way to create a single beverage option that pleases kids and adults alike.


Bourbon Citrus Sipper


Plus serving only one drink means less time tending bar and more time enjoying your guests. Who can argue with that?


Happy Friday, Delish Dish! So I wore a sweater to work this morning, which, in my mind, means fall is here! One of my favorite annual traditions is going to the apple orchard each year and drinking incredible apple cider. So I thought I’d search around and find some new ways to enjoy apple cider, the great fall drink!

If you’re looking for a “grown-up” way to enjoy apple cider, you’ll love this Pumpkin Apple Cider cocktail. The Blond Cook combines pumpkin pie vodka, apple cider, and club soda for an easy-to-make fall drink.

Cupcakes are really the best way to satisfy your cravings. (They’re small so they have less calories, right?) Lady Behind the Curtain brings the best fall flavors in these Apple Cider Maple Spice Cupcakes. Yum-o!

If you’re a regular reader of my Friday Finds, you know how much I love breakfast foods. Add A Pinch combines everything that is good and holy in fall flavors and breakfast trends in these Apple Cider Waffles.

I’m all about trying new margarita recipes and when the weather decides to heat back up again, (because it always does) Fabtastic EatsApple Cider Margaritas will be the perfect way to cool off!

What kind of apple cider post would this be if I didn’t include a fantastic Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts recipe? Thanks, Eat.Drink.Love. for the great ideas!

Happy (almost) fall, y’all! Enjoy these yummy recipes and let me know what other fall flavors you’re craving!



I’m always on the lookout for unique ideas for cocktails Throw in a seasonal twist and that instantly makes it a winner in my book. As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches and get-togethers with family and friends abound, it’s always helpful to have a deliciously fresh cocktail idea in your back pocket when you hear you the doorbell ring.

Today I’m pulling inspiration from BHG’s recipe for Apple Cider Punch. Being a fan of the always classy martini, I’m upping the ante a smidge and turning this punch into a martini.

With an apple cider base, this martini is perfect for the fall. The touch of citrus gives it a flavor that is bright and fresh.

My favorite addition to this drink, however, is the splash of sparkling wine or champagne to finish it off. The bubbles dress this drink up for any fall holiday celebration.

To keep things simple, I garnished this martini with a few slices of fresh apple. I love the way the bubbles gather around the slices. It’s a clear sign that you are in for a treat. Now, let me tell you how to mix one of these up.

Here’s what you’ll need for one martini:
3 ounces apple cider
2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce vodka
Lemon wedge
1 ounce sparkling white wine or champagne
Fresh apple, sliced

In a shaker filled with ice, add apple cider, orange juice, vodka, and the juice from one lemon wedge. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass, leaving room at the top for a splash of sparkling white wine. Float an apple slice or two in the martini as a garnish.

And that’s it, friends. A delicious martini with all the flavors of fall and a little bubbly to boot! It certainly will be a star at your next party.

Happy Mixing!
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm

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