A pumpkin-apple cocktail for Thanksgiving Day, the Thanksgiving cider is a simple recipe that is perfect for any family dinner or gathering. During a busy day, this easy mix can offer a refreshing beverage. Using pumpkin vodka, apple cider, and soda, this cocktail features a shot of apple cider and a shot of pumpkin vodka. This recipe is great because it gives you the chance to have a pumpkin cocktail without having to consume as much sugar as in a sweet cocktail. Having that in mind makes it a lot more approachable. It is the seasonal flavor of this drink which provides such a sense of satisfaction that it makes one feel festive. The wine also makes a great dinner companion, going well with all of the traditional holiday dishes without overpowering them.
The recipe can be turned into a punch or mixed up by the pitcher with a little effort. The ingredients needed for servings can be increased by adding more. Maintain a sense of proportion when doing anything. You can make the base (the vodka and cider) at least a day ahead and then chill across the refrigerator. You can pour the soda into individual serving glasses or in the pitcher right before serving. Having a pre-mixed drink ready when guests arrive will save you plenty of time and can also be a nice way to stay cool during the day since it is so fast. If you choose, you can replace the soda with another light drink, such as ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Sugaring the rim of the glass with cinnamon can be a good idea. To make cinnamon sugar, mix one part ground cinnamon with four parts white sugar until a light brown color is achieved. Rub the rim in the sugar after wetting the rim with an apple slice or lemon juice. It is also possible to use ground ginger or nutmeg. As an alternative garnish, try a cinnamon stick (also useful as a stir stick) or an apple slice. To prevent the flesh of the apple from turning yellow due to oxidation, dip the cut apple slices in lemon juice immediately after cutting.
Throughout the autumn, the flavor of pumpkin vodka can be found in vodkas. Over the years, a few brands have produced it, but it is difficult to commercialize, so many brands give up on it after a season. There’s a brand called Pinnacle Vodka that has offered Pumpkin Pie Vodka in the past. If you notice that there are others out there, give them a try. Making pumpkin vodka isn’t as difficult as you might think. In the pumpkin spice martini, one great option is used. This recipe requires roasting a pumpkin with bay leaves to be flavored with vodka and requires roasting peeled pumpkin. This easy infusion usually completes in less than a few hours instead of the days or weeks typically required for vodka infusions. To maximize the use of seasonal produce, consider using freshly-pressed apple cider instead. The crisp apple harvest makes this cider readily available during the fall when it is unfiltered, so you get a cloudy cider that tastes like pure apple flavor. This fruit can be found at apple orchards or in the fruits and vegetable section of your local grocery store.