Fancy Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail

Fancy Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail

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!

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Sparkling Cider Glazed Roasted Beet Noodles with Crispy Shallots

Sparkling Cider Glazed Beet Noodles with Crispy Shallots

We’ve all heard that our sense of smell is linked to our memory. Something to do with olfactory bulbs and limbic systems, I think. Growing up with a father who owned a landscape design company (how NJ Italian American of me, right!), every time I smell freshly cut grass I think of him. Scents are funny that way- they can make you happy, sad, nostalgic and they can remind you of great times and bad times. Today, I focus on the great.

Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider is a staple at every Thanksgiving feast at my grandparents’ house. Before I turned 21, my grandma would pop the bubbly cider and pour my sister and I champagne flutes. We’d cheers and giggle and feel like we were doing something adult-ish. Now, I’m not saying my grandfather never slipped me a drop of sambuca with dessert, but Martinelli’s sparkling cider definitely took the place of celebratory alcohol on this holiday.

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