Crowd Pleasing Fall Drinks

Fall is my favorite time of year. There is nothing better than fresh apples, campfires and, most of all, tailgating!  It’s always fun to be the one who brings a delicious drink that can be pre-made and ready to go. The best part about Hard Cider Sangria is that it is super versatile. This recipe is served cold and can be made beforehand with the hard cider added at just before serving. You can play around by swapping fresh cider, mulling spices, or all the new apple infused liquors.

A hot drink is great for taking the chill out of the air and for sharing during a gathering. A tasty variation is this classic toddy that is a creamy and rich Hot Buttered Rum. The butter batter can be premade, chilled, and pre-portioned in Jell-O shot cups. Bring a thermos of hot water and a bottle of rum. Brown sugar can be adjusted for taste, up to 2 cups total. To save time, pumpkin pie seasoning can be used in place of other spices.

It’s Ohio! We can be tailgating while shivering over chili and hot toddies, and still nursing a sunburn from the Friday before. Here are hot and cold options for adult beverages to make your team spirit win over the whole team.

Hard Cider Sangria

1 cup of thinly sliced apples (any variety and color, with peels)

1 orange thinly sliced

1 cup of apple juice

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

¼ cup apple brandy

22 oz. of chilled hard apple cider

Combine the apples, oranges, apple juice, lemon juice, and brandy in a pitcher or container.

Serving: Just before serving, add hard cider.

Hot Buttered Rum

Butter batter: Mix 1 stick of butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, and a pinch of ground cloves. Cream ingredients in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

Serving: Put 2 tablespoons of butter mixture in bottom of heat resistant cup, add 2-3 oz. of rum, and an equal part of boiling water. Stir well.

Colleen Wing

Colleen Wing has a degree in Hospitality Managent and Culinary Arts. She is the owner of and baker for Cake Following, a specialty dessert business. Colleen and her family reside in Rocky River.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:34 PM, 09.01.2015