Pick Cider for Thanksgiving: Recipes from Local Partners

Nov 22nd, 2016

By kate

We are collecting the best Thanksgiving cider cocktail recipes from our favorite local partners! 
 
Hot Mulled Perry
Modified from Nigel Slaters book “Ripe, A Cook in the Orchard”
 
1 liter of Perry 
2-3 tbsp brown sugar depending on dryness of perry and to taste
12 cloves
1 Cinnamon Stick
A nutmeg
Juice from 1 small orange
Butter
 
Add perry, and sugar into a stainless saucepan. Dissolve sugar and add cloves, cinnamon and a fine grating of nutmeg. Squeeze the orange into the mixture and warm slowly almost to a boil. Serve when hot and add a fine grating of butter to finish. Serve with ginger snaps or other spiced cookies.
Recipe from Jim Gerlach of Nashi Orchards
 
Vodka Cranberry Cider Cocktail
A straightforward classic, enjoy this Vodka Cranberry cider cocktail in days leading up to the holidays!

1 oz Sun Liquor vodka
5 oz Cranberry cider, chilled
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
Fresh cranberries and lemon twist (garnish optional)
Add vodka, lemon juice and fresh cranberries to Champagne flute. Float Cranberry cider on top to retain carbonation. Serve with a lemon twist!
Recipe from Caity Rock at Seattle Cider Co.
 
Finnriver Imperial
4 oz chilled Finnriver Artisan Sparkling Cider 
1⁄2 oz Finnriver Raspberry Wine
 
Finnriver Cranberry Rosehip 
Finnriver's Cranberry Rosehip pairs well with all of your holiday fare. Also a wonderful addition to that homemade cranberry sauce, salad dressing, or mixed with gin!
Recipes and ideas from Krishna Kiger of Finnriver Farm & Cidery
 
Traditional Mulled Cider 
  • 2 750ml bottles (1.5 liters) of Whitewood Cider or other comparable local craft cider.
  • 1 apple quartered studded with whole cloves
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4-5 allspice berries
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1-2 star anise
  • 2" piece of vanilla bean split
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • zest strips of 1/2 to 1 orange (to taste, too much can over power your drink)
  • (optional) zest strips of meyer lemon.
  • fresh squeezed orange and meyer lemon juice to taste.
  • We highly suggest apple spirits like Apple Brandy, Calvados, or even Apple Jack to taste/strength, but rum and whiskey will also work. We enjoy 3oz per 750ml bottle. 
  • slices of apple for garnish
  • If too dry, sweeten to taste with honey, sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, etc.
  • Holiday extras such as cranberries and whatever else you want to throw in (within good taste) is generally welcome. Make it your own!
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes - do not boil.
Recipe from Dave White of Whitewood Cider Co.

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