Monday, October 27, 2014 0

Apple Cider Pt 2.

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Finishing up the last round of apple cider! If you missed it, I posted two recipes here for Peppermint Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider. Check it out if you can!



Caramel Apple Cider

Honestly, when we were thinking of flavor "twists" for apple cider we just thought of things that apple was already twisted with.

Apples and pork? No. Apples and cinnamon? Too plain. Caramel Apple! OH GENIUS.



My group did a basic google search on caramel apple cider and this is what appeared: Betty Crocker's Caramel Apple Cider. If Betty Crocker did it...it must be good. That, and why fix something if it ain't broke?

This apple cider was actually the easiest to make and had the fewest ingredients.


According to good ol' BC, you'll need Brown Sugar, Heavy Whipping Cream, and Vanilla extract. If you're fancy, you can also make/buy some whipped cream and caramel topping to add some finishing touches.


In the end, you get this. Surprisingly, to me at least, it was amazing. When I was cooking the caramel and mixing the whole concoction together I found the smell a little off-putting, however boyfriend loved it. He kept coming over to sniff around and ask what I was making.

The final mixture was a cloudy amber and tasted exactly like a caramel apple. It was insane!! It was sweet and tart at the same time. The final mix was almost like a liquified version of a caramel apple pop.

This was boyfriend's favorite out of everything.

Pomegranate-Blueberry Apple Cider

This is something that boyfriend and I free-styled on our own. After drinking and making Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider, Peppermint Apple Cider, and Caramel Apple Cider we felt that our teeth were about to fall out. We wanted something less sugary and more "traditional." We took the base of mulled apple cider and twisted it with a pomegranate-blueberry juice. 


Recipe for Two:

2 and 1/2 Cups Apple Cider
1 and 1/4 Cups of Pomegranate Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Allspice
8 Cloves
1 Stick of Cinnamon


Honestly, it looks free styled. The amber of the apple cider and the deep purple of the pomegranate juice combined to make a rather muddy liquid. It tasted fine, but it wasn't pretty. It gave our palettes relief from the sugary tinctures and suffusions we had made previously with a fruity, almost bitter bite. It was a unique twist, the pomegranate juice and the apple cider really complemented each other, and I could see people drinking this outside on a fall day, but the juices intermixing was subtle. If you're looking for a "Wow! Flavor!" sort of apple cider, I don't think this is it.

Mulled Apple Cider 



This apple cider recipe is just the traditional old-fashioned Grammy-approved Mulled Apple Cider. I stole this recipe from my friend's Grammy. She always serves this during the holiday family get togethers and it's a time-worn favorite.

Recipe:

2 Quarts Cider
1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Allspice
1 and 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
2 Sticks Cinnamon
Orange Slices (1 Whole Orange)


Grammy recommends throwing all of this in a slow cooker for four hours before serving. It's infused with spices and the orange gives an added level of sweetness that plain apple cider doesn't have. This is personally my favorite and the only cider that I could drink more than one cup of. 



Long live apple cider! Tell me about your fall traditions and family recipes! I'm always interested in trying something new. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1

On Wednesdays We Wear...+ Contest!

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Jacket: Zara, Dress C/O: eShakti, Purse: Coach, Shoes: D&G




We have to enjoy the warm weather while it still lasts! I've heard that this winter is supposed to be especially harsh...so if summer bleeds a little bit into fall....I'm not complaining! Although pink has never been a favorite color of mine, I'm coming to appreciate it more and more when I want to add some "lady" to my wardrobe. I'm loving this Audrey Hepburn-ish Zara coat and my custom made eShakti dress.

If you haven't heard, eShakti is a website with the ultimate level of clothing customization. They offer sizes 0-36W and even an option to put in your own measurements. You are given the choice of sleeve length, pockets vs. no pockets, skirt length, and neckline options. eShakti's clothes are amazingly customizable and pretty actually pretty cute!

I ordered this with my actual measurements and asked that the dress be shortened to above the knee length. I'd say it turned out well. Don't you? 

Contest

Now for the exciting part! eShakti offered to sponsor a giveaway for you guys. I have two $25 dollar gift cards here that I can giveaway. Currently eShakti will give you an additional $25 for registering with their site as a new user and will waive the $7.50 fee on your first custom order. That's $50 dollars off your first purchase and a free customization! I'll be giving one giftcard away here and another on my instagram

Unfortunately this is limited only to US and Canadian residents. 


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Saturday, October 18, 2014 0

Apple Cider Bar and Party Pt. 1

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What do you do when you're bored? Specifically, what do you do during the fall when you're bored? Specifically on the east coast? GO APPLE PICKING.


What do you do with an excess of apples? APPLE CIDER. Honestly though, homemade apple cider requires pressing, pulping, juicing and cheesecloth. What I ended up doing was buying some gallons of apple cider from the Apple Farm and "twisting" their flavors later in my own kitchen. We had a little competition to see what flavor infusion/twist was the best tasting. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but we had four flavors of apple cider. I'm going to share two with you now and two next week, then reveal the winner. Sounds fun right?

Apple Orchard Picked Clean

Peppermint Apple Cider


This is a recipe that we made up on our own, as I've always loved peppermint and forced everyone else to eat it even if they didn't. I think peppermint makes everything better: peppermint teas, peppermint bark, peppermint hot chocolates...why not add peppermint to apple cider? Originally, I wanted to add peppermint extract, but I feared that would be too strong. Adding candy canes and peppermints seemed like the best way to add the peppermint flavor without it being too overpowering.

Recipe:

2 Liters Apple Citer
2 Cinnamon Sticks
6 Cloves
3 Candy Canes or 12 breathmints
2 Oranges worth of Zest

Heat on low until all the peppermints have melted down.


I don't have a slow cooker, so I poured in the apple cider, dropped in the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and peppermint and then peeled the zest straight into the pot. I would have preferred a micro-grater, for decorative purposes, but using a peeler didn't turn out too badly. I personally don't like eating orange peel, so I picked it out before serving. For the final touch, I added whipped cream and sprinkled crushed peppermints on the top. 


Melted down, I genuinely enjoyed this apple cider. Usually it's too sweet or tart, but the peppermint added a nice clean aftertaste to the apple cider. The flavors didn't clash. Instead, the peppermint accentuated the apple cider and didn't make it overly sweet.

Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider


With all the hullabaloo about Pumpkin Spice Latte's coming back into season, my friend group thought this flavor combination was an easy twist to welcome in the autumn weather. It may sound unbelievable to you, but for the most part my friend group has never tried a pumpkin spice latte. We just like pumpkin pie.


I used this recipe from the Tasty Kitchen to get our base formula down, but from there we made a couple of changes. Instead of white sugar I substituted brown, because I think it imparts a richer flavor to pumpkins, yams, and other members of the squash family. I also changed the measurements so that the recipe would accommodate a whole can of pumpkin puree. Although there was an excess of syrup, they made for good party favors to give away at the end of our little gathering. They can be gussied up further in cute mason jars and also make a great topping for ice cream!


For an average sized mug I put in three tablespoons of the pumpkin syrup and poured in hot apple cider. I topped it off with some whipped cream and a little bit more of the syrup, but the discerning palettes of my friends said that the additional whipped cream wasn't needed. Personally, I couldn't taste the "pumpkin spice" flavor too much. All I got was the sweetness of the syrup. I think I would prefer it with vanilla ice cream!

Stay tuned for part two and let me know what your favorite fall drink is!