We’ve reached the wildly changing month of September. Where the temperatures fluctuate with your mood. Do I wear sandals? No, boots. Definitely boots. Is it apple season? But there’s still heirloom tomatoes begging to be eaten! I think it might frost overnight it’s so cold! Hold on a sec, let me change into a tank top, it’s blazing out here. For drinks? We need something cold, refreshing, but also singing the song of fall. Presenting: Honey Spiked Fresh Cider.
I came across today’s booze of choice in the liquor store, perusing the aisle in search of good wine and inspiration. My dear darling (suddenly) homesteading husband had recently taken it upon himself to press his own cider at home with some of the apples we had gotten from my cousin’s orchard as well as the apples off our neighbors tree that were destined for a life of rotting on the ground instead of going into anyone’s pies. Turns out it’s not THAT hard. You take the apples, core them, and then shred them on a food processor. Then, you go full McGuyver and rig up two old shelves, a lot of cheesecloth, and some clamps. Press down and squeeze out as much juice as you can and VOILA! Cider.
Alternately you could save yourself the very-worthwhile hours of work and just buy some cider from your local orchard.
Anyway I came across this honey liqueur and it seemed interesting and like something that would taste pretty good with cider but wouldn’t feel so “fall-ish” like something with bourbon or cinnamon would. I later found out that the alcohol I bought is sort of an institution in Poland. Krupnik is a honey based spirit that has been around since the 16th century (OR EARLIER!). Turns out I stumbled onto one of the most popular drinks in Eastern Europe. Also it is practically MADE to add to cider.
This cocktail is dangerously easy, and tastes like it has a lot more ingredients in it than it does. I took the fresh cider, added a few ounces of Krupnik, a dash of cinnamon and shook it up until blended together. Poured over (clear) ice and garnished with a slice of apple (unlike most garnishes– tasty for snacking on at the end!) and a cinnamon stick and we were in business.
This cocktail is perfect for a warm September afternoon. Sort of ushers in fall but keeps those light refreshing flavors of late summer. Next time you find yourself wandering the aisles of the liquor store, pick up some Krupnik to add to that cider you just snagged in the frosty morning in preparation for the hot September afternoon. Cheers friends!
Honey Spiked Fresh Cider
3 oz fresh apple cider
2 oz Krupnik Honey Liqueur
dash of ground cinnamon
apple slices and cinnamon stick to garnish
Fill lowball glass with clear ice. In cocktail shaker, combine ice, cider, Krupnik, and dash of cinnamon. Shake it like ya mean it.
Strain into glass and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon stick. Cheers!