Fall is officially here so you know what time it is…it’s apple picking time! Yup, I decided to venture back out to the fruit orchards of Markham, Virginia again. As you may recall, last year I went out to Hartland Orchard. This year, I decided to give their neighbors down the street, Stribling Orchard, a try.
So there I was sitting parked under a Rome apple tree with the scent of cinnamon and baked goods wafting towards me from the Harvest House on the just perfectly chilled breeze. Crowds of families strolled by, multiple half bushel bags already filled. Would there be any left for me? Well, there were definitely plenty of apples, unfortunately they were waaaaay up at the top and without a picking pole, it was a little hard to fill my bag. After an hour and half, I had gathered about seven pounds of apples, a combination of mainly Rome and Jonathan apples, which I plan to bake something delicious with!
In the meanwhile, I have a cocktail to share with you! This a lovely “Welcome fall!” drink. You get the flavors of autumn in a lightly chilled, fizzy drink, because it’s not that cold yet, right? I love hard cider, but you can use regular apple cider to reduce the alcohol content if you like. You’ll love how the gin brings out the light floral notes of the apple. Then you get to munch on the gin and cider soaked apple wedge afterwards!
Apple Cider Cocktail
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice (1/8 wedge)
- Splash triple sec
- Hard apple cider to top off
- Red apple wedge for garnish
- 1-2 ice cubes
Adjust the above according to your glass of choice. I used a 4 ounce champagne flute.
- Place apple wedge in glass.
- Squeeze lemon juice over the wedge into the glass
- Add the triple sec and the gin
- Top off with the hard apple cider, leaving just enough room to add an ice cube or two to chill the drink.