Hearth Cider

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. To me it’s better than Christmas, or birthdays. My kids know this about me and you may have guessed it too if you have seen my Instagram posts which most often are of food and family. Thanksgiving of all the holidays, we celebrate two of my favorite things: food and gratitude. I have perused through Pinterest posts of what to cook. I have the menu planned and began to distribute lists to family and friends we are lucky enough to share time with this coming week. But what keeps catching my eye most this year is something I normally don’t pay much attention to: Cocktails. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a tasty libation, but come Thanksgiving I usually spend far more time planning the wine list than the liquor cabinet.  This year though, I have stepped out of the grape varietals and played with some tasty mixings.

As I was discussing the items I would need to pick up at the grocery store to gladly complete this blog, I mentioned the word cocktail. My 13 year old daughter asked, “How did they come up with that word”. I couldn’t answer so I Googled.  My favorite definition came from
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest definition of the word appeared in the May 13, 1806, edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, a federalist newspaper in Hudson, New York, where the editor printed an answer to the question “What is a cocktail?” To which he answered: “A cock-tail, then, is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind—sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.

In essence, liquid courage and cloudy judgment all wrapped into one delicious concoction. Add in the pressure of executing flawless meals and managing fragile family relations and ladies and gentlemen we have the makings of the next reality show.  Here are a few lovely beverages that will keep you living with spirits and no purpose.
Hearth Cider Fixins

Hearth Cider

Spiced Rum
Apple Cider
Equal parts- serve over ice.

This was surprisingly delicious at first whack!
Drunken Pumpkin

Drunken Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie Soda
2 parts soda, 1 part vodka- mix serve over ice

I have to admit. This one wasn’t my favorite, but neither is Pumpkin Pie. But I saw the soda and thought, huh, maybe. Turns out, maybe not. However, my oldest princess tasted it and liked it. So you make it and you be the judge!


Fall Into Sangria

Granny Smith Apple
Honey Crisp Apple
Cranberries (whole and raw)
Sauvignon Blanc
Pear Nectar
Cranberry Nectar

Cut or slice persimmon and apples.  Blend and put into large glass measuring jar. Pour 2 cups of Sauvignon Blanc. Muddle fruit just abit with the wine.  Add one cup Pear Nectar and one cup Cranberry Nectar. Mix to blend well. Poor into beautiful serving vase. Accent glasses
with cut fruit.

Fall Into Sangria

This one was so tasty and beautiful. I love when what we eat in drink is pretty too! We eat with our eyes first so be sure to not skimp on the fruit variety.

Red Beer

 Red Beer

Beer of choice
V8 or Clamato
Lawry’s salt rim topper

Chilled pilsner glass, rim top with slice of lime and dip in Lawry’s salt. Pour 1/3 glass (or more to preference) Tomato Juice on bottom of chilled glass. Fill remainder with beer of choice.

A football time favorite.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Cocktails, Libations and Concoctions: With Spirits & No Purpose (Part 2)!