Not the most settled time of year I know… but there is something in the air for sure.
Brighton’s fangtastic zombie walk will be followed shortly by the world famous Bonfire night in Lewes where the streets are packed. If however you don’t like bangers going off near your head in the streets and burning religious figures you might decide on having a firework night at home… Another great excuse for a party. Now I know the weather will probably be chuff monkeys…. So a winter warmer might be in store for watching a display, maybe followed by something a bit more sparkly indoors?!
…What do you think, I know I will be game! J
So as we know the kids have their sparklers and even the adults like a sneaky go- winter hats and gloves and a cup of something warm mmmm. Fill the air with these beautiful smells.
Now the problem with all the recipes out there is that the people posting them don’t really think of the people who read them, talk of aged oak rums is very nice and reserve malt whiskeys but how many of us really want to spend such money on a cosy night with our mates. Let’s keep this simple hey!
Al’s Apple Cider
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup Bourbon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoon whole cloves
- Four cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
Mix all ingredients in pot except bourbon and bring to a boil. Simmer for about fifteen minutes. Add bourbon and stir. Immediately strain and serve. May be garnished with fresh orange or lemon slice, or a cinnamon stick in each mug. And as always, feel free to add bourbon individually as desired.
And as the children will be involved as well its perfect for them! Minus the Bourbon of course J
Once the kids are zzzzzzz and the noise of the parade has died down, the bangers are sporadic and the fireworks light the sky into the night- why not retire inside with some sparkly!!! It is tradition after all to have sparkly on bonfire night isn’t it??? …Serve this beaut of a cocktail to your guests and the fireworks may just ignite again.
- 1 bottle Chilled Sparkling Wine or Sparkling Apple Cider (750-ml)
- 1 cup Cranberry Juice
- A splash of Grand Marnier or Orange Flavoured Liqueur
- Garnish: cranberries and orange zest peel.
Pour a small splash (no more than 1-2 teaspoons) of Grand Marnier into the bottom of a champagne flute, add enough cranberry juice so the glass is half full then fill to the top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a couple cranberries and an orange zest peel.
How simple are these guys! Remember the extinguisher if it gets a bit hot in the house… merry sparkling and happy autumn drinking xxxx
Alex J 07877065130 Barlogic.co.uk