Recipe: Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails

Looking for a drink to bring in the New Year? We have a great idea for you!

Ingredients:

1/4 gallon of Apple Holler apple cider
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
1 apple, peeled, cut into large chunks (Apple Holler apples have the best flavor!)
1/2 cup lemon, juiced
4 to 6 skewers

Directions:

Mix together the cider, rum and schnapps into large pitcher. Add the apples to a small bowl and toss into lemon juice. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice, then garnish with skewers with diced apples to be placed into the drink.

 

Enjoy!

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Recipe: Blueberry & Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup Fresh strawberries, unsweetened
  • 1 cup pineapple and orange juice blend
  • 1 cup fat-free plain vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or sugar substitute such as Splenda.
  • 6 ice cubes

Directions:

  • Place the blueberries, strawberries, juice, yogurt and sugar into the container of a blender. Process until smooth.
  • Add the ice cubes, and blend until small enough to fit through a straw, but large enough to crunch on.
  • Pour into glasses, and drink through straws.

Recipe: Apple Peach Pineapple Sangria

Fresh, fruity, just sweet enough but not too sweet, and it goes down so easily. A lighter alternative to red sangria that everyone just loves!

Yields: 32 ounces

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle white wine like Chardonnay - Von Stiehl (Can purchase at Apple Holler)
  • 1/3 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste (or stevia, agave, or another sweetener)
  • 3/4 cup pineapple chunks (fresh pineapple or canned)
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice (use whatever is in the can)
  • 1 peach, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 tart apple, cored and thinly sliced (Granny Smith or Viking)
  • 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced (Zestar, Honey Crisp, Jersey Mac)
  • 5 oz. cognac

Directions:

  • Dissolve sugar in cognac and stir into first 2 ingredients.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and refrigerate until chilled. I have successfully stored leftover sangria in my refrigerator for up to one week; your mileage may vary.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Notes:

*Flavors marry and mellow as time elapses.
*Sangria gets better 8 to 24 hours later, similar to spaghetti sauce.
*You can (and should) make this a day ahead of time for a party or event if time and planning permits.