This may seem like a silly and obvious thing to say, but…. you can use spiralized veggies as garnishes for cocktails. Actually, ever since I posted up a green juice recipe with a carrot garnish, I’ve wanted to get a little frisky with a fancy cocktail.
Back in January, I moved in with my boyfriend/official taste-tester and a few weeks later, I threw a little “apartment warming” par-tay with some of my closest friends. My friend Dana brought a bottle of St. Germain. What is it now? December! I opened it up for the first time since that party to make this cocktail. So, thanks for the inspiration Dana!
Now, as with baking, I’m somewhat out of my element when it comes to creating recipes. I’m a beer, wine and champagne sort of gal. On the very rare occasion, I’ll order a margarita (if it’s just tequila & lime juice) and sometimes, if I’m feeling daring, I’ll order a vodka with grapefruit juice. Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are acceptable as well, but outside of those few exceptions, I simply enjoy a nice glass of Malbec or a cold Stella Artois.
Okay, so back to this recipe. Every time I’ve gone to the Farmer’s Market since November, the apple cider has been beckoning me. I bought it for a few Thanksgiving-themed recipes but after that, it was taunting me like those decorative objects in the Pier 1 Imports commercials. You know, these ones.
Last weekend, I finally bought some apple cider. During cooking one day this week, I was rushing, cut my finger while chopping (pretty badly!) and said to myself, “what better time than now to enjoy that apple cider.” And of course, what even better time than to spike it- I mean, heck, I was hurtin‘! I happened to be spiralizing apples for another recipe, so I took a few of the extra apple spirals and used them as a pretty garnish.
To make a long story short, what started off as a simple yearning for some apple cider turned into a spur-of-the-moment comforting cocktail, using the St. Germain in my freezer and the sparkling wine (usually champagne) I keep in my fridge (a girl must always be prepared to celebrate!)
It’s absolutely sensational. Maybe that’s because I never make cocktails and I’m impressed? Do cocktails taste this good, always?
What’s your favorite cocktail?
Let’s learn how to spiralize an apple before you go: