Cocktail/Mocktail #2: Apple Frost/Frost Biter

Fall brings brisk, windy afternoons, shorter days, and most importantly fresh apple cider. Get the freshest, least processed jug that you can from your local farm stand and enjoy the King of fall beverages. The best part about apple cider? It's versatility. Great on its own for kids and adults, use it in pancakes and muffins for a subtle apple flavor or ferment it for your own house-made hard cider. In this edition of cocktail/mocktail I'm covering two essential drinks to take away the autumn chills that feature apple cider. The first is a delicious fall treat for the adults - a recipe courtesy of Drew Levinson:

Apple Frost

1 oz bourbon

1/2 oz pear brandy

2 oz apple cider

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz falernum

Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Double-strain into a rocks glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Garnish with lemon wheel.


Our mocktail is a great one to enjoy making with your kids. They can help prepare the spices, and waiting for it to finish steeping teaches patience (it also gives you enough time to mix up that Apple Frost):

Frost Biter (mulled cider)

4 cups apple cider

1/2 stick cinammon

5 allspice berries

1 small piece of nutmeg

1 piece of star anise pod

1 tsp dried orange peel (or fresh)

Put spices in small muslin bag or tea infuser. Heat cider in a small pot, simmer with spices for 20 mins. Enjoy mulled cider in mugs with a cinnamon stick.

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