Thirsty Thursday, September 2018

Our LAST Thirsty Thursday, September 20th

Join us for our very last Thirsty Thursday on September 20th,  5:30-7pm.   As always this is a FREE event.  Come sample cocktails inspired from your own garden.  This September we are going to highlight tomatoes, pumpkin and apples.  You cannot get anymore classic fall than those three.

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. pumpkin puree (canned or homemade*)
1 1/2 oz. vodka
2 oz. apple cider
1 1/2 oz. ginger beer

Instructions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
Strain into a glass filled with ice and top off with ginger beer. 
Notes
*To make your own pumpkin puree: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut a pie pumpkin in half and scoop out seeds and strands. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 30 – 40 minutes. The texture of the pumpkin flesh should be soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool a bit. Scoop flesh into a food processor and puree until smooth.

Fall Harvest Sangria

For the Spicy Apple Cider:
2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup honey
1 inch slice fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or allspice                              Combine ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain.

For the Sangria:
2 cups spicy apple cider
1 bottle of sauvignon blanc (or pinot grigio, chardonnay, or your favorite dry white)
1/2 cup ginger brandy or bourbon
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Honeycrisp apples, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2 pears, chopped
1 cup club soda

Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving, but at least overnight to steep for best results. Add club soda just before serving, so you don’t lose the fizz!

Classic Bloody Mary

1½ ounces vodka (I used my homemade tomato infused vodka)
1 lemon wedge, juice squeezed
1 lime wedge, juice squeezed
4 ounces tomato juice
2-4 dashes hot sauce
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Celery salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste

Squeeze the juice of the lemon and lime wedges into a cocktail shaker and toss them in. Combine all remaining ingredients, except garnishes in the shaker (without ice). Shake vigorously for 10 seconds until fully mixed.
Pour (not strain) into a pint glass with a cup of ice. Garnish to preference and serve.