As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday week, I would be remiss to not recommend a cocktail for celebrating that day. Although I’ve done my share of apple cider everything. I held off on one because I thought it would be perfect for a holiday celebration. Flavors of the season with a touch of bubbly; really how much more perfect is there than that?
I’ve been going nuts with Thanksgiving dishes; it is the first time that I’ve ever prepared any turkey day foods prior to the holiday and that has meant one thing for sure; I’ve sort of already had that eagerly anticipated Thanksgiving meal. I’ve never had much but quick snaps of some of the dishes I love the absolute best and as a result…I wasn’t too happy with them and I never really offered them up as a resource. This year with both of my kids out of state and a commitment to watch a neighbors dog, I had one choice; to host Thanksgiving here. I usually love to do that but this year for some reason I really just want to, well, not.
So I decided to prepare our Thanksgiving feast over the course of the past 10 days and I’ve shared my Maple Roasted Turkey with Bacon and Cornbread Stuffing, some easy and delicious Carrots with Honey and Herbs for a side dish, the best Homemade Green Bean Casserole ever and a Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Walnuts and Bourbon. I’ve had friends over to share the results of those labors so I guess you could say I’ve had an early ‘Friendsgiving’ and even though I would love to have family here, I’m taking the day off. I’m not cooking or entertaining; I’m sort of hunkering down and not doing much of anything. I think I might be painting a headboard for my room so I’m not slacking entirely but I’m really looking forward to a couple of days to catch up on things I haven’t attended to. If I can get my pot rack hung in the kitchen I will consider it a good holiday!
As for this cocktail; this Apple Cider Bellini is easy and festive and light and something you could either start the day with or save until dinner. Either way it’s got a combination of ingredients that just scream fall and they go down very easily. I know this for a fact. In order to get a photo I kept sipping from the glass with a straw and then filling it up again to get some fizz. It wasn’t a great fizz day but maybe that’s because when the cork came out, so did a lot of that fizz! I don’t usually have that problem but losing all those bubbles was not good. So…you’ll have more bubbles, and I’ll be envious but that will only add to the beauty of this drink. Hope you all have a very safe and wonderful holiday; Happy Thanksgiving!
Apple Cider Bellini
- 6 oz apple cider
- 2 Tbsp orange liqueur
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- Bottle of Prosecco, chilled
- Rosemary Sprigs for Garnish
- Combine apple cider, orange liqueur and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until container is thoroughly cold.
- Pour mixture into champagne flutes and top with the chilled Prosecco.
- Garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary.
Want a Mocktail? Easy. just substitute the Prosecco with some sparkling water.