Monday, September 26, 2016

Hot & Boozy Caramel Apple Cider for #AppleWeek

Messy Messy Fail - Did I mention in previous posts that the front left burner on my cooktop only boils now?  I'm so mad about this that I feel as though I may have ranted about it on another post, but I'm going to again because I'm that mad.  Regardless of the setting on the dial, that burner only boils.  I discovered this after pretty much burning two separate meals in my NON-STICK pan which is now my NON-USABLE-CANCER-CAUSING pan.  Did you know you aren't supposed to cook above medium heat on a non-stick pan?  That's right folks - it can't take any more heat than medium and the pan will be of no good.  So thank you to my only-boils-on-the-left-burner cooktop for ruining my non-stick pan.  Rant finished. 

Tidy Victory - After months of just stuffing and CRAMMING linens into my linen closet to make them fit, I decided it was time to clean out and reorganize.  I love organizing the sheet sets so that you fold the fitted sheet, top sheet and one pillowcase in a stack together then insert the stack into the other matching pillowcase, fold the end over and TA-DA - all together and ready to go.  No searching anymore.  AND I found a plastic bag full of travel size toiletry items that I forgot I had also stuffed in that linen closet :)  

Welcome to my first post for #AppleWeek with the #BlogFriends!

We declared this week of September 26th - 30th to be #AppleWeek because, well, we just love apples!

In fact, we love apples so much that we got together, gathered all of our best apple recipes and activities and organized them into quite the blog hop for you to check out.

Here is the #AppleWeek schedule:

Monday September 26th - Appetizers & Drinks 
Tuesday September 27th - Main Dishes & Sides
Wednesday September 28th - Sweet Treats
Thursday September 29th - Apple Projects
Friday September 30th - Anything Apple Goes

So now I'd like to start off with my contribution to #AppleWeek with my drink recipe........

Western New York is a big place for apples!!!  They are usually ready in the beginning to middle of September and we always make a point to go out and pick some ourselves.

SOOOO much cheaper, and the kids do all the work!

We make lots of recipes with our apples - applesauce, apple pie, apple crunch, caramel apples or even just eat plain fresh apples.

However, we cannot make fresh apple cider - that one has to be bought.  

I have always been an apple cider fan, hot or cold either way, sooooo delicious and tasty.

I would even drink it in the summer if I knew people wouldn't judge me.

I like to make this tasty hot apple cider and pomegranate punch at the holidays to keep everyone warm and toasty.

But for the adults, we LOVE to drink our apple cider with a boozy twist - caramel vodka!

I was first introduced to this amazing little adult treat at a Buffalo Bills game last fall - we were at a pre-game party and someone brought this in a giant thermos and poured steamy apple cider goodness to help keep us warm.

I'm telling you, it absolutely hit the spot on a cold Sunday in late fall, getting ready to watch some football with my little cup full of boozy apple cider.

I must now share this deliciousness with you so you can see for yourself.

Here's what you need:

  • A mug of apple cider (about 9 oz.)
  • 1 shot of caramel vodka (about 1 oz., I use Smirnoff Kissed Caramel)
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Here's what you do:
  • Go ahead and float your cinnamon stick in your mug of apple cider.
  • Place the mug of cider and cinnamon stick in the microwave for about 1 minute and 20 seconds (or until your cider is hot and steaming).
  • When the microwave is done, pour one shot of caramel vodka into your steamy mug of cider and stir.

  • Sip while catching up on your favorite fall or winter TV shows.

So simple, sooooooo tasty.  This is my new favorite drink to enjoy on a cold night.  

And that is my contribution to #AppleWeek Appetizers & Drinks! 

Make your Hot & Boozy Caramel Apple Cider to watch some football, read a book or perhaps even after all of the Trick-or-Treaters have gone to bed! :)

How do you like to enjoy your apple cider?

Click below to visit the rest of the #AppleWeek participants!


Monday: Appetizers and Drinks

Apple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline's Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides

Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm

Wednesday: Sweet Treats

Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket's Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Nana's Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table

Thursday: Apple Projects

Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline's Cooking
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene's Recipe Journal

Friday: Anything Apple Goes

1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline's Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake

How do you like 'dem apples?!?!?! :)