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There's a moment every year when the crisp air loses its autumn novelty and turns into a get-your-coat-out-of-storage chore. From shoveling the driveway to walking to work in the wind, you deserve a special treat for braving the forces of nature. Wrap your frozen fingers around this hot cocktail and let it remind you that cold weather can be wonderful too.
Real, traditional wassail is a treat. But more than just a warming drink, it is a celebration of ancient rituals and blessings, of wintertime revelry and yuletide debauchery. It’s a drink that is steeped in deep and rich history, and even better: it’s absolutely easy to make and impossibly delicious when done authentically.
If you can simmer a pot of water, you can make cranberry cider. It’s easy. This recipe is just as excellent by itself, as it is with a splash of your favorite liquor.
The Poinsettia is traditionally an elegant cranberry and Champagne cocktail that is perfect for holiday parties. This version uses cranberry cider in lieu of juice and champagne, for an orchard twist.
Mint, apple brandy, and hard cider may seem like a slightly odd combo, but you’re going to have to trust me here, friends. The flavor is fruity and refreshing with just the right amount of sparkle, and it makes for a lovely aperitif.
Using apples plus cider and the local VT apple brandy adds layers of flavor to this braised chicken.
Use a tart-sweet Ginger Gold in this slaw for its crisp texture.
This lovely, sophisticated take on an open-face tuna sandwich includes sliced tart green apple and a little parsley. Try it with a Foxboro Rose.
This winter version of a traditional 60’s bundt cake, an adaptation of an Italian apple cake, is moist and light, fragrant with freshly ground spices and studded with chunks of fruit.