Johnny Appleseed

Toast to the Weekend

This weekend, I plan on toasting to the Holidays with a Johnny Appleseed cocktail. At winter, often apples are the only fruit available at the farmers' market.  I stroll by my local market and pick up a crisp apple.  As I took a bite of the juicy fruit, cold from the weather, it struck me that an apple-based cocktail would be seasonally appropriate.

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur makes this cocktail sophisticated and balanced.  This recipe for the Johnny Appleseed brings together sweet brandy and fresh elderflower flavor in a cocktail that celebrates the end of fall, and toasts the holidays.

For a cocktail for 2:

Ingredients: 1 oz. St. Germain 2 oz. Calvados VSOP 2 oz. Apple Brandy 1 oz. Dry Vermouth 2 dashes Absinthe, Pernod, or Anise Liqueur

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker.  Stir until cold then strain into a coupe glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Toast to the Weekend: Manzana Cider Recipe

Toast to the Weekend: Manzana Cider recipe As I strolled through the Farmer's Market earlier this week, my eyes fixated on several bold-colored apples. Their ripe peels came in an array of flawless greens and flashy reds. Fall is the prime season for these crisp fruits. This is when you will find the ripest, juiciest centers that lack the mealy, mushiness often found during off-peak times of the year. The fresh apples got me thinking about what kinds of dishes and cocktails I could stir up this weekend. A roasted chicken with my apple-squash fritters would make for the type of comforting meal this season calls for. To wash it down, I settled on this daring, yet sweet cider recipe that bravely incorporates some tequila, an ingredient in which I might also decide to braise my meat.

Manzana Cider: Fill a mixing glass with ice. Pour in 1 ounce of Reposado Tequila, 1/4 ounce of creme de casis (a blackcurrant-flavored liqueur), 1 ounce of apple cider, and 1/4 ounce of lemon juice. Shake the mixing glass to blend and then strain the drink into a Collins glass. Garnish it with a slice from those crisp, seasonal apples.