Did you know that Sunday is National Vodka Day? Yep…a day of celebrating just for all things vodka (does that include potatoes?)! Who decides these things anyhow? Some marketing guru of course but what the heck, I’ll play along; I think any day is National Vodka Day!
We’ve had an exceptionally warm and dry September so though you were probably getting sick of my summer mantra the fact is I have accepted that Fall is here. Truth is it’s not really quite cold enough for this cocktail in Colorado but true to our wacko weather, we could go from 80 to 30 overnight. Literally. So I’m ready!
Fall is a bit ambiguous here. Denver has no gorgeous fall leaf color as far as I’m concerned; we are not a city with trees everywhere. The big draw in Colorado is to go into the mountains to see the Aspen. One tree. One Color. Sure it can look pretty but; make that a big BUT…nothing to compare to the multi-hued beauty of any place else I’ve ever lived. St. Louis with it’s old neighborhoods and arching oaks and trees almost sparkling with red, orange and gold. Raleigh with a mix of more evergreen but still breathtaking. I’ve never been to New England but it’s on my bucket list and I want to be there in the Fall.
Still, I’ll be putting out a Fall wreath on my door this weekend and wrapping some lights and more Fall decor around my wrought iron rail and with a weather forecast that promises a change is coming, I think it would be most appropriate to have this libation in hand. It’s not HOT, it’s just slightly warmed to take any chill off; both the cocktail and you. And it’s so good; the apple, vodka and Applejack liqueur combination is met on the rim with a touch of caramel. Just right.
A sweet friend of mine moved to Alaska last year; they’ve already had snow. How about you…seeing signs of Fall in your neck of the woods? Get ready…and have this Warm Caramel Apple Cider Martini ready to sip when it shows up at your door; you won’t be sorry!
Too soon? Then try my other Fall favorite; this Caramel Apple Cocktail. Both are divine!
- 6 ounces apple cider
- 4 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce Applejack or Calvados
- Caramel Sauce
- Pinch cinnamon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Combine the cider, vodka and apple liqueur in a small pan over low heat. Warm just enough to take the chill off, do not boil.
- Pour some caramel in a shallow bowl. Dip your glasses in the caramel, turning them enough to make sure the entire rim is covered; turn them over. Let them dribble if they must!
- Pour the martini mixture into the glasses.
- Sprinkle the top lightly with the cinnamon and garnish with the cinnamon stick.