As the temperatures turn from cool to crisp, there’s nothing wrong with a little spiked cider in your life to warm you up. One of my favorite things to do is tie a specific food or drink to a person and memory. This cider introduced me to one of my dear friends, and brings me back to one of my favorite memories.
Phillip, Penelopi and I were living in our first house and we were so proud of how far we had come. We went from a beautiful downtown condo-as a newly married couple, to a country house with our first baby. It was one of those crazy winters in Nashville, and with one snow plow for the entire city, you guessed it, we got snowed in. Being new in a neighborhood and feeling cooped up for way too long, I mixed up some of this warm cider (minus the “spiked” for Penelopi) and decided it was time for us to go outside and sled. However, we had a problem…we didn’t have a sled. Naturally, we did what any sled-less family would do…we used an inflatable mattress instead. After multiple runs down the hill, our sweet neighbor Susan came out and offered us some of their sleds. In exchange for her kindness, I offered up some of my cider, and the rest, as they say, is history. A friendship that began on snow, cider and selflessness.
Luckily, you don’t have to wait to be snowed in to make this cider! Follow these instructions step by step and feel free to change up the ingredients based on personal preference. I would also encourage you to take it to the next level and take thermos over to a friend or a neighbor you have yet to meet. You never know what kind of memory, story or even friendship can develop from simply sharing.
-Martinelli’s Apple Cider (Buy at Whole Foods, Publix, etc.)
-Captain Morgan Dark Rum
–Mulan & Spice (Target – Archer Farms or Williams-Sonoma)