Fall is here. As if you haven’t noticed, right? Well, we’ve been so busy with the house renovations that we’ve kind of let fall begin without us. This year, fall is bittersweet. Bitter because we have dusty raw wood floors and yet-to-be moved in rooms. Sweet because even though we are currently living in the middle of chaos, it’s still our favorite time of year…
I love the changing leaves, the plummeting temperatures and digging out comfy sweaters and hoodies from the back of the closet. I enjoy nothing more than pulling out the boxes of fall decorations and lighting the first fall-scented candle of the season (Yankee Candle’s Harvest of course!). Just thinking about it makes me want to cook a big pot of chili and curl up on the couch with Greg, Bentley and a big blanket while we watch some good, old Christmas classics like Holiday Inn, White Christmas or Christmas in Conneticut. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
One thing you guys will get to know about me soon enough is that I love to entertain. Love it! I have files upon files of entertaining ideas on my computer. Last year, when my family was doing the annual “who is bringing what” ritual for Thanksgiving, I was told to bring a corn casserole and, in my mom’s exact words, “something good and fall-ish”. What’s more “fall-ish” than cider, right? Wanting it to be perfect and very “good and fall-ish”, about a week or so before Thanksgiving, I decided to play around with a few recipes that I found online. After many attempts and a husband that was practically floating in cider (thank you, Greg!), I finally formulated the perfect cider concoction. Well, at least I think so anyway. I’m sure Giada DeLaurentiis or Nigella Lawson could give me a run for the money!
My Aunt Dee Dee texted me the other day and asked for the recipe. My first response was, “Man, that sounds good!” So with the fall season being in full gear, I thought I would pass along this family favorite to you…
1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Tablespoon Cloves (Whole)
3 Cinnamon Sticks (also some additional sticks to use as stirrers)
8 Cups of Cranberry Juice
6 Cups of Apple Juice
DIRECTIONS: Put the brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks in the basket of a coffee percolator. Put the cranberry and apple juice in the bottom of the percolator. Then just let the percolator run as if you are making coffee. Once the cider is finished, serve with a cinnamon stick stirrer (optional but really cute!).
We made this so often last year that our coffee maker (yes, we used a coffee maker instead of a percolator) ended up smelling like cloves. We tried everything to get the smell out — even the tried and true vinegar method. Let’s just say that that particular coffee maker is no longer with us … So if you end up loving this recipe as much as we do, I’d suggest having a designated percolator just for the occasion.
Since I won’t be doing much fall entertaining this year (cue: pouting), I thought I’d share one of my all time favorite cider serving ideas that I have tucked away in a file on my computer. I guess you can say I’m living vicariously through you guys in hopes that maybe you will use this idea for me…
Do you have any favorite fall recipes or traditions? I would love to hear them so I can imagine it’s happening here at my house…
Cider Bar inspiration photo found here.