Hot Golden Fall Punch

Episode three of the podcast is up ready for a listen here.  It’s can be found on most stations that host podcasts (iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, FM player and Soundcloud).  This week I shared the story of how I got my name, tips on how to support a grieving friend, how to stock a dish closet, 12 habits of happy women and a delicious recipe for Hot Golden Fall Punch.

I found this recipe years ago, 30 to be exact, from the Junior League of Austin cookbook.  I make it every fall when I host parties.  A fun thing to try is setting up this hot punch in a percolator on your front porch with a tray of mugs.  When guests arrive they will smell the spices from their cars and instantly enter your home with mug full of happiness!

Hot Golden Fall Punch

4 cups of unsweetened pineapple juice

1 12 oz can of apricot nectar

4 cups of apple cider

1 cup of orange juice

2 cinnamon sticks

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp whole cloves

Pour juices into electric percolator*.  Place remaining ingredients in basket and perk.  Serve steaming hot. Serves 18-20.

*Without a percolator, pour juices in a large pot.  Simmer 10 minutes and remove spices before serving.

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail — Green Apple Ginger Martini

Here’s a lively twist on a classically chic cocktail perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

When crafting cocktails we love incorporating seasonal ingredients. While apples are typically thought of as a part of the fall harvest, tart green apples offer a crispness for the sunny spring days, while ginger provides a warming flavor profile for the cooler nights. Shake this cocktail up for a cozy night in or as a dessert pairing at your next dinner party.

We love cocktails that are a bit more of an experience to mix up, as it makes them all the more worthwhile. However, if you’re not feeling quite like Betty Crocker, you can easily substitute a premade simple syrup alongside a high-quality store bought apple juice — it will be our little secret!

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped ginger

Directions

  1. To create your apple-ginger simple syrup bring the water, sugar, ginger, and peel of the green apple to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Quickly transfer the simple syrup pan to a cold ice bath, stirring occasionally. Once cooled strain the simple syrup to remove the apple peel and ginger.
  3. Place the peeled green apple into a juicer, and strain if necessary.
  4. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the vodka, 2 ounces of the apple-ginger simple syrup, and ⅓ cup of the apple juice. Shake well, and pour into two martini glasses.
  5. Garnish with a fresh apple slice or apple peel garland. Enjoy!