Recipe – Rosemary-Cranberry Mulled Cider

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Your house will smell amazing when you cook this!

Serves 8

8 cups apple cider
1/4 cup honey
1 orange
2 tbsp whole cloves
1 cup cranberriers
2 5-inch cinnamon sticks
3 5-inch fresh rosemary sprigs
Additional rosemary and fresh cranberries for garnish, if desired

1. Pour apple cider into a 2.5 quart or larger crock pot or other slow cooker. Stir in honey. It may remain clumpy; that’s okay. It will dissolve when the mixture heats up.
2. With a toothpick, poke holes in the orange, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart. Carefully stick the cloves, pointy end down, into the holes. Add the orange to the cider along with the cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary. Push the rosemary down to help make sure it’s submerged.
3. Cook on low until hot and the cranberries have started to burst, 3-4 hours, taking care to not let the cider boil. Very carefully with a fork or masher, gently crush the remaining cranberries to pop them. They might splurt, so be careful! This will help to get as much flavor out of them without overcooking the cider.
4. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Add the strained cider back to the crock pot. You can also add the cinnamon sticks and orange back, as well, for a festive touch. Discard the remaining solids. Serve immediately or keep the crock pot on the warm setting to keep the cider hot.
5. Garnish individual mugs of cider with additional fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries, if desired.

The strained mulled cider can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat before serving.

You can also add Chardonnay or a dark rum for spiked flavor.

Try this delicious drink at our Open House on November 14 & 15.

Recipe – Rosemary-Cranberry Mulled Cider

Recipe – Fruit Beer Float

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Wild and sour ales, beers made with wild yeasts that impart appealing acidity developed over extended time spent either in steel tanks or wood barrels, are a joy to pair with the right foods.

Serves 1

3/4 cup American Wild Ale with fruit

1 giant scoop good-quality vanilla ice cream

Raspberries for garnish (optional)

Pour the ale into a stemmed tulip glass. Carefully slip in the scoop of ice cream. It’s important to add the ice cream to the beer, rather than vice versa, to ensure that it will float and not stick to the bottom of the glass. Garnish with two or three raspberries, if desired. Serve immediately with a spoon and straw.

Recipe – Fruit Beer Float