Cheers! We've made it to Wednesday How about a little cocktail to celebrate?
M is a fan of sidecars. I love apple cider. Thankfully, this drink combines the two into a perfectly balanced beverage. Sweet apple cider, tangy lemon juice, and the warmth of brandy--what's not to love?
I think this would actually be a perfect cocktail to welcome guests over for a fall party or even Thanksgiving dinner. M and I both agreed it's a great "one drink" beverage just right for sipping and socializing. These apple cidercars are also great from a hostess perspective because you can make up the entire pitcher and store, tightly covered, for a few hours. This means the entire pitcher can be made the morning of your gathering and put out just as guests arrive.
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adapted from Williams-Sonoma
12 fl. oz. fresh-pressed apple cider
5 fl. oz. brandy
5 fl. oz. Cointreau or triple sec
2 fl. oz. fresh lemon juice
Directions:1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses. (I'd actually like to try this with a mixture of vanilla sugar and a touch of cinnamon.) Serves 4.