Harvest Apple Cider-itas


Its so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a few days away! My family is deep in prep mode for a whole slew of people to come over for the big feast, and my grandmother asked me to come up with a fun cocktail to serve on Thanksgiving Day.


After doing some searching and mixing around, I decided on this beauty, the Harvest Apple Cider-ita! After the recipe was set, Seri helped me out by making, styling and shooting this beauty while I was out of town.

Here's what you need: -your favorite tequila (we used Patron silver) -fresh apple cider -simple syrup -lime juice -cinnamon sticks -fresh apples -fresh rosemary -cinnamon, sugar and kosher salt mixture -fresh lime -ice -a flat plate


Here's what to do: 1) Take your flat plate, and stir together a mixture of kosher salt, cinnamon and sugar.  Using lime wedge, wet the rim of your cocktail glasses.  Place wetted rim in mixture and turn in a circular motion until whole rim is garnished.


2) To each garnished glass, add 1.5 ox tequila, 1/2 cup apple cider, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, and 1 tsp. of simple syrup.  Stir. 3) Add ice to each glass, filling to just below the brim. 4) Add in slices of apple, cinnamon sticks and rosemary sprigs to each glass for garnish.


And boom, that's it! I love how Seri styled the Cider-ita's with a flannel runner, bright flowers and our favorite owl vase! This whole setup is so festive, and the cocktail is beyond perfect to serve on Turkey Day, or for any other occasion this fall/ winter season.


You know what the best part of this cocktail is? It can be served cold OR hot! I know, right?! To make a hot version, simply remove the ice, and mix together apple cider, lime juice and simple syrup and a cinnamon stick in a saucepan.  Heat on high until boiling, then remove from heat and let cool down for about 5 minutes.  Pour mixture into your garnished glasses, and add in 1.5 ox of tequila.  Garnish as you would with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and rosemary.


You can take the garnish one step further by charring one of your cinnamon sticks and using it to stir into each cocktail, for an added smoky flavor.


Pretty awesome, huh?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Until next week...