Most times, when I have people over for any gathering, I’ll look around for an interesting drink or cocktail to serve. A few years back I pulled one from the Williams-Sonoma annals. The ‘Apple Cidercar’ was posted due to using their Apple Cider Concentrate, which they still sell and is wonderful! This is an incredible concoction – 

This year Thanksgiving is going to be a smaller affair, with most extended family with other engagements. So, I wasn’t planning on any signature drinks. Never the less, I’m cooking a large feast to make plenty of leftovers for the attendees. This means I’ve been busy,…and not blogging! Oops! 

This tired blogger needs a drink – and one I can blog. Oh, yeah – I give to you…

The Apple Cidercar.

I need a break from cooking - mmmm - that's better!
I need a break from cooking – mmmm – that’s better!

 

Move that cooking aside and get this checked off your ‘to-do’ list, because this should be made in advance. Tomorrow shake a bit over some ice and served to arriving guests.

Step 1
Step 1

You’ll need:

1 -1/4 Cup (10oz) Apple Cider (or 5oz Apple Cider Concentrate + 5oz Water)

2/3 Cup (5oz) Cointreau

1/3 Cup (3oz) Brandy

1/4 Cup (2oz) Fresh Lemon Juice (about 2 lemons worth)

Step 2
Step 2

Step 2

Find a sweet bail-top bottle or mason jar to keep the mix in. Taste that cider too. I’d bought a new kind made with Honey Crisp apples, and I’m not impressed. It has a weak apple taste and no ‘bite’. This is where the Cider Concentrate comes in. It really was very good. But I didn’t have any. What I do have is this baking ingredient called ‘Boiled Cider’ and it’s wonderful as well. About a tablespoon added in and I’m set. 

Step 3
Step 3

Step 3

What’s with the naked lemons in the background? Well, before this I’d made Limoncello – and that makes for a citrus pith expose.’

Ready for a sample
Ready for a sample

Finale:

So, I advise you get the goodies for this one to serve to your Thanksgiving guests,…and any other reason you can find to make this! 

Apple Cidercar
Thanksgiving's 'signature drink'.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 -1/4 Cup (10oz) Apple Cider (or 5oz Apple Cider Concentrate + 5oz Water)
  2. 2/3 Cup (5oz) Cointreau
  3. 1/3 Cup (3oz) Brandy
  4. 1/4 Cup (2oz) Fresh Lemon Juice (about 2 lemons worth)
Instructions
  1. Mix it up and serve over ice.
Notes
  1. Make this up in advance. If this martini style libation is too strong, try it over ginger ale.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
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