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My daughter and I just made a batch of apple cider caramels that came out so nice and chewy. Excellent use of apple cider! http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Apple-C...

What creative ways do you use apple cider? Cocktails, baked goods, sauces?

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  1. Apple cider pound cake, bread and muffins, custard, pork loin chops, apple cider honey roasted lamb .... .............

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    1. re: todao

      apple cider custard, tod? do tell! Got a recipe to point to?

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Hey there ghg! I've missed you! And, leave it to our favorite search junkie to land a few target recipes over here-THANKS! I can't say I've ever had cider custard before. You? Any particular recipe wow you from the link-list?

          Today I had an apple cider slushy at the marketplace and officially kicked off fall with Macoun apples and cider in my cart!

          1. re: HillJ

            aw, thanks - i've missed you too! my Hounding has ben pretty limited lately.

            i personally haven't had cider custard either, but as far as those links, i think i'd go with the Serious Eats recipe...maybe playing w/the spicing a bit. i like that it doesn't call for as much sugar as the others. the F&W recipe is more of a cream pie, but it sounds divine!

            i'm glad you're enjoying the season's apple bounty. i can't really think about fall comfort food yet with temps in the 90's here!! we had a whopping 2 days of cool, rainy weather before the mercury shot back up.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              You should see be shuttling btwn the warmth of CA and the early fog of NJ week to week. Sometimes I wind up with the wrong suitcase in tow! But Fall on the eastcoast is not to be missed....hence the urge to squeeze in as much fall food love as possible.

              I'm going to have to give this cider custard a look see. The pumpkin custard is going fast and furious around here (MS's recipe) and Indian pudding is on the simmer right now. But those apple cider caramels are to die for!

                  1. re: magiesmom

                    i love you ladies :) now if i could just find my lost cooking mojo, i'd really rejoin the CH fray. i can't remember the last time i prepared a proper meal. it would help if it wasn't so HOT here - makes me not want to turn on the stove or the oven!

                    @J, those caramels sound positively crave-worthy, and Indian pudding & pumpkin custard are two of my favorite Fall foods!

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      ghg, every time I make a batch of your black bean dip I smile ;0) the perfect cooler for a hot day!

                      lots of experimenting to do yet but fall is my favorite time of year. the sheer # of new pumpkin-y products on the market blows my mind. Just saw
                      Thomas' pumpkin English muffins this morning on the shelf.

                      and, OT, yesterday I bought my first retail pint of Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream in fresh ginger for $4.99 after waiting what seemed like a century for the label to be sold direct to the public. WF & Dearborn Farms carry it near me. Also comes in green tea, red bean, coconut, pistachio, mango and strawberry. Quality.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        you're killing me with the ice cream - i'm off dairy these days. i could do without the strawberry & mango, but i'd gladly snarf a serving or two of the others. have some for me!!

                        i haven't made my black bean dip in ages - maybe i'll whip up a batch today. guess i should go out & get some fresh cilantro...

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          It's going to be warm in NJ today...so I'm thinking a batch of finger foods and dips is a great way to kick off the evening.

                          you're off dairy? holy 'cow' no Greek yogurt? wow...ghg...that's gotta be difficult to decide!

                          1. re: HillJ

                            well, i've worked my way back to a splash of organic half & half in my a.m. coffee, and a bite of cheese on occasion, but that's it. as much as it pained me to give up my beloved cottage cheese & Greek yogurt, my system really wasn't handling that stuff well anymore :( i'm hoping it's not a permanent change, but for now i'm steering clear.

                            "warm" would be nice - we're roasting here again...back up to 100 on Wednesday.

                            BTW, if you have access to decent ripe avocados, guac is a terrific complement to the bean dip :)

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              I wound up going in a hummus direction last night but next weekend I'm going to assemble a fish taco vs sushi roll bar and include the black bean dip & gauc (which I made on the thin side, more like a drizzle bottle thickness) on the serving table.

                              It pained me to give up raw mushrooms (I even grew a few from a coffee grind sack) for the same reason.

                              Right now I'm making a cider scone recipe for the morning. I'm thinking a cider glaze with a walnut crumble on top.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                mmm, scones. i haven't had one in YEARS :( yep, a walnut or spiced pecan crumble would work for me!

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  Hmm, I like the idea of a spiced pecan

                        2. re: HillJ

                          Wait - WHAT? Thomas' pumpkin English muffins? :::::madly scribbling a note to make a stop at the market on the way home tonight!:::::

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Oh yes, I'm keeping a new pumpkin products log just for giggles...it's mind boggling how many new ones come out each year! They tasted "interesting" with the little bits of pumpkin kinda bothering my texture issue...but my dh enjoyed them with pumpkin butter.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              I'm thinking a thin slather of cream cheese - almost like pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting. :-)

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                Linda, I'll be curious to hear what you think of them.

                                http://www.biteofthebest.com/thomas-p...

                                also avail in bagels...where I think the cream cheese would work out beautifully.

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  Just got some pumpkin cream cheese at Trader Joes, if you want to go crazy.

                                  1. re: coll

                                    I tried the pumpkin cream cheese last year and I didn't care for it or the many versions of pumpkin creamer, commercial pumpkin pudding or the bagels. OTOH, the Pumpkin Spice blend coffee beans I picked up thru Green Mountain is delicious.

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      So funny, I saw those Green Mountain pumpkin spice K-cups on an endcap yesterday and thought of you...

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          Made me wish I had a Keurig, lemme tell ya!

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        http://www.chow.com/videos/show/super...

                                        Over @ CHOW Supertaster is trying out some less than yummy pumpkin spice products...didn't even scratch the surface...but his sentiments about what we all said....too much of a band wagon jump.

                                    2. re: HillJ

                                      Not a fan of Thomas' bagels. Although I'm now wondering if my local bagel shop has pumpkin bagels.......

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        My local bagel shop has pumpkin coffee. Actually when I was at Trader Joes I was starting to think that the pumpkin craze has jumped the shark, so to speak.

                                        1. re: coll

                                          Starting to? lol...the "call it pumpkin" has been growing for a solid five years already...I saw pumpkin GUM and pumpkin gummies in PA.

                                          1. re: coll

                                            Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with HillJ on this - pumpkin coffee (at least here in New England) has been a pretty regular thing for awhile at Dunkin Donuts every autumn. Now it's the K-cups, lots of pumpkin sauces on restaurant meals, etc. But I guess it's no different than Springtime when asparagus or fiddleheads come into their very short local season. But thankfully, we don't see asparagus or fiddlehead coffee, bagels, etc. :-)

                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                              Asparagus bagels, lordy...that visual just made me gag........rofl!
                                              A pumpkin curry hummus is in my frig....what to use it with/on?

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                I'm a major pumpkin lover, so guess it took awhile for me to think it was all too much.

                                                1. re: coll

                                                  Me too, coll. Which is why the over-use of something so special takes over and ruins the really good select choices. Right now I can walk down the aisle of many grocers and see one pumpkin product after another.

                                                  1. re: coll

                                                    Once a see pumpkin flavoring sold down the baked goods aisle, I know it's over!

                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                      Maybe we should start a thread; for some reason Trader Joe is the place it struck me as if half the store was pumpkin oriented. Now pumpkin Gummi I haven't seen yet, but I'm not a candy shopper. I do like the pumpkin spice coffee though.

                                                      1. re: coll

                                                        Aldi's had 27 pumpkin related products on it's shelf...and all I left with was pure canned pumpkin puree for .99/each. 2 pallets (18 cans). The rest just made me sad.

                                                        Pumpkin spice PRINGLES!! omg, nasty!

                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                          OK so far Pringles is the winner, Pringles of all things! Because I think the craze is due to trying to cash in on the healthy aspect of pumpkin. I've seen canned dog food that was pumpkin too, but at least that sort of makes sense.

                                                          1. re: coll

                                                            A bit of canned pumpkin for cats/dogs is good for their digestive system. I used to have to feed some to one of my late kittehs to help her move things along, so to speak. But not a lot - just a tsp. a day mixed in with her food.

                                                          2. re: HillJ

                                                            OK, now pumpkin Pringles is just gross, HillJ!

                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                              Right?! And the broadcasters testing the PRINGLES new "fall" flavors on camera couldn't hide their disdain...band-wagon jumping is never a good idea.

                                                            2. re: HillJ

                                                              Wait, it gets worse. I thought you were joking! Sadly, no. White chocolate peppermint and cinnamon & sugar? What were they smoking?! VILE. Simply vile.
                                                              http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10...

                                                              ETA: "Pumpkin Pie Spice, which is available only at Walmart"...AH HA HA HA!

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                No joke! On morning news the broadcasters taste tested all of the new fall flavors and then had to rate them....hard to watch. lol...

                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                  And the pumpkin craze just made the nightly news on ABC's World News Tonight. The brought up several of the items discussed here, like the Pringles.

                                                                2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                  And while it's straying from the original theme of the thread, in case anyone wanted to know what Pringles actually are:

                                                                  http://io9.com/5851487/how-are-pringl...

                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                    Don't look at me--Munchos are my favorite potato chip-like snack. :)

                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                      It just gets better and better. In the comment section..."At least Pringles are still "considered" a food...wow.

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        And even MORE pumpkin insanity? I just got my latest Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer. The pumpkin items listed:

                                                                        Pumpkin Bread Mix
                                                                        Pumpkin Ice Cream
                                                                        Honey-Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
                                                                        Pumpkin Cream Cheese
                                                                        Pumpkin Spice Granola
                                                                        Nonfat Greek Yogurt flavored with Pumpkin
                                                                        Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea
                                                                        Pumpkin Macarons
                                                                        Organic Canned Pumpkin
                                                                        Pumpkin Butter
                                                                        Pumpkin Soup
                                                                        Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix
                                                                        Pumpkin Spice Chai
                                                                        Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse Cake
                                                                        Pumpkin Pie Spice
                                                                        Pumpkin Cheesecake
                                                                        Pumpkin Spice Cake
                                                                        Pumpkin on a Stick (decorative use)
                                                                        Pumpkin-Flavored Dog Treats
                                                                        This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar cereal bar
                                                                        and finally, regular jacko-lantern pumpkins

                                                                        That is 21 items that are pumpkin-related. Oy freakin' vey. Canned pumpkin, jack-o-lanterns, and the pumpkin pie spice are about the only items I'd say are regular. :-)

                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                          I think the young ladies in front of me at TJ's last weekend must have had at least one of everything on that list, and multiples of some. They kept jumping out of line when they discovered something else with pumpkin in it. "Pumpkin!"

                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            The Aldi's stores have 27 products with some form of pumpkin.

                                                                            The pumpkin-sage ravioli from Costco were awful.

                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                              I did break down and buy Green Mountain pumpkin spice K cups at BJs the other day. 80 of those suckers, I'm pushing them on everyone in the house.

                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                  Not as much as the pumpkin coffee I get at 7Eleven and similar places. Then again I'm still not in love with the whole keurig concept yet, it was a surprise gift and I'm trying to enjoy it but sort of miss my old Mr Coffee type machine. Everything tastes weak to me, including this flavor. I figured Green Mountain would be good, but it's just "eh".

                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                    I actually agree. My college kid uses a Keurig for boiled water in his apartment, so we bought the K's to try out. The whole bean pumpkin spice from Green Mountain is what I'm drinking this morning and I do enjoy it. A gf mentioned the 7-11 Pumpkin to me this week and she's loving their blend. I wonder what blend it is.

                                                                                2. re: coll

                                                                                  Local friends have been snapping up the various pumpkin K-cups around my area - I think Dunkin Donuts also sells them. And yes, with you having turned pusher, I'm wondering the reason - because you don't like them or because they're so good?

                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                    I just want to say for the record that I predict curry will become the next pumpkin spice....while stumbling so easily upon the latest list of pumpkin spice infused products (my list topples 100) this season, I've noticed an interesting number of curry-spiced products also appearing on the shelves....

                                                                        2. re: HillJ

                                                                          Wait, REALLY??? Pumpkin spice Pringles? I love pumpkin but thats just nasty.

                                                                          1. re: kubasd

                                                                            http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/12292/...
                                                                            everythings coming up pumpkin!

                                                                            Tonight I had a pumpkin-walnut bagel, toasted with honey-walnut cream cheese @ Panera (dinner meeting)....actually not a bad entry into the pumpkin funnel of products.

                                                                    2. re: coll

                                                                      Me too, coll. Which is why I hate when marketers beat it to death. Same with pomegranate a few years back.

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        Just remembered a pumpkin product I tried recently that gets a big thumbs up. Pumpkin Spice Irish Creme, Molly brand. Didn't expect much but it's really nice.

                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                          Hey, now! Along those lines, I've been enjoying Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur. It's even nicer with a splash (!) of bourbon, said the kat with the heavy hand...

                                                                          http://www.kybourbon.com/index.php/fu...

                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                            A shot of Irish whisky for me, in keeping with the theme.

                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                              How about a scoop of pumpkin gelato or ice cream in your coffee?

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                Mmmmmmmm...I need to make that again, thank you for the reminder. :)

                                            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                              I love ghg's searches. And I miss seeing her posts as well. :-)

                                              As for me and apple cider, I tried using some of my unpasteurized cider in a baked chicken recipe a few nights ago. It was an unfortunate use of a cup's worth of cider, as the chicken, onions, etc. that were baked didn't have an apple cidery taste at all.

                                              So I'm going to use this thread to see how else to use it. A pumpkin-cider bread recipe resides in my MasterCook at home; that might be one way to use some of it later this week.

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                aw, thanks Linda, it's nice to "see" you! :)

                                                i'm thinking you'd have better luck with that chicken dish if you reduced the cider to a glaze and coated everything with it.

                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                  Yeah, I agree. Wish I had thought it it myself on Saturday. LOL!

                                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                                  There's a cider-braised chicken parts recipe making the current rounds on either ATK or Cook's Country. They use cider and apple brandy, plus maybe diced apple, if memory serves. There was discussion about trying various things to bump up the apple flavor before settling on the brandy.

                                                  1. re: greygarious

                                                    That would have been my first comment if I were on that thread. A bit of Calvados is always a good add. :-)

                                                3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                  I just looked up the James Beard recipe, which I had ignored becauseI usually find cider pies too sweet. But this modification will be our dessert tomorrow, So thanks yet again, ghg.

                                                  http://www.jamesbeard.org/recipes/new...

                                            3. Apple cider season coincides with Brussels sprouts season! Brussels sprouts braised in apple cider are a favorite in our house.

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                                              1. re: cayjohan

                                                cayj, how would you go about infusing the cider? right from the start of the braise or roast sprouts then braise in cider?

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  I'm a path-of-least-resistance gal here - some methods call for precooking the sprouts, then braising, but I don't bother. Hot skillet, some oil, toss in the trimmed sprouts to spottily brown up. Add some garlic, salt, then the cider, and head toward preferred doneness. Sometimes I use less cider and less time for a lighter sweetness; other times I keep adding cider as it reduces and slowly braise to a thick-ish glaze on the sprouts. It's pretty hard to screw up, really, however you tweak it. This week I glazed them pretty heavily and served with knockwurst. Great combo. And the sprouts are good cold out of the fridge as a snack - a delicious little candied cabbage bite. I generally use a Honeycrisp cider, as I like the slight acidity with the sprouts. The only drawback is we like the dish so much that I rarely cook Brussels sprouts any other way. But as ruts go, it's not a bad rut. This time of year we get bitten by the seasonal bug pretty bad, and have this once or twice a week until the farmers' market supply of sprouts and fresh cider dries up.

                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                    I grabbed a niced stalk of sprouts from the local market and I'm going to give this a try. I have some spicy chicken sausage I'll probably grill to go with. Thank you for sharing your approach, cayj!

                                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                                      I just tried this after a visit to the farmer's market this morning. Delicious!

                                                      1. re: SarachkaInBrooklyn

                                                        Isn't it? I've been doing the same thing with chard lately, too. Stems cooked down with apple cider first, then toss in the ribboned leaves. Had it with buttermilk mashed potatoes and ham steak tonight. It was like...like...like...chunky, leafy jam, If that makes any sense? I think I'll have the leftover cider-cooked chard for breakfast tomorrow - on toast, with some fresh chèvre. If you like the sprouts+cider, play with some chèvre too...it's wonderful.

                                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                                          oooh, that sounds delicious, too! do you think it would work with kale in place of the chard? I have some kale sitting in the fridge, and also so fresh chevre, so it would be perfect...

                                                          1. re: SarachkaInBrooklyn

                                                            Yes, yes, yes...works wonderfully with kale. The reason I've been using the chard is that the dang critters at my community garden ate all my kale. In fact, I prefer the kale over the chard, if only for the sturdier texture.

                                                    2. re: HillJ

                                                      cayj, I hope I've done you proud....after cleaning the sprouts from the stalk, slicing in half and washing well (they were soooooooo dirty) I roasted them in the oven for a 30 mins with just oo, s&p. while preparing a cider glaze on the stovetop which consisted of equal parts apple cider & pomm molasses, orange and lemon peels and just a dash of nutmeg. Then, once removed from the oven I brushed the glaze on the sprouts and returned them to a low broil until caramelized. I like a bit of tooth to b-sprouts so these were not uber soft but later today they will be part of a salad I like room temp....b-sprouts, diced Anjour pears, and pomm seeds over greens.

                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                        Ooooh, HillJ...I think I may have to try your approach as well...sounds even better! (My laziness gets in the way sometimes, and leads me to one-pan thinking.) The sprouts/pear/pomm seed salad sounds delicious...what did you dress it with?

                                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                                          A combo dressing of rice vinegar, olive oil, wee bit of mashed garlic and chards of blue cheese.

                                                          Thanks cayj. You really got me using the cider and stalk sooner than later. They came out delicious.

                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                            You hooked me but good with the blue cheese addition! Looks like another batch of sprouts is on our horizon after tomorrow's farmers' market...thanks so for the salad inspiration.

                                                    3. re: cayjohan

                                                      Oh now I'm mad. Why didn't I read this thread this weekend when I had Brussels sprouts? This would have been perfect.

                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                        Careful...they're kind of addictive. My formerly-sprout-hating Mr. Cay begs for them and, as good as B sprouts are, I have to sometimes say no. Elsewise, we'd be eating braised Brussels sprouts at every darn meal this time of year.

                                                    4. I've been making apple cider doughnuts since returning from New England. Thankfully, I can give them to others, so I'm not really eating them myself.
                                                      I used a Smitten Kitchen recipe the first time, it's a cake doughnut made with cider that's reduced by half. Pretty good, for a cake doughnut.
                                                      http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/1...
                                                      The second go-round was a bomboloni recipe from Gena DePalma, which I've always loved. I subbed out some of the proofing water for reduced cider. These were very tender.
                                                      http://leitesculinaria.com/4458/recip...
                                                      I am home making chocolates today and would really like to play around with an apple cider caramel filling, but alas, am out of cider.

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                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                        rabaja, I just bought 2 jugs of apple cider to make several batches this weekend. Our weekend guests are going to love them. Too bad trick or treaters can't enjoy homemade sweets anymore!

                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                          There are no longer any young kids in this neighborhood, but when I DID have trick or treaters and gave out homemade goodies, I used ziplock baggies - on the inside of the bag, I stuck one of the scores of return address labels that come in charity fundraising mail. I pointed this out to the kids and told them to make sure their parents knew the treat was identified. Hopefully this reassured parents that the contents were safe.

                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                            Interesting way to address a parents concerns...my dh would be more concerned giving out our house address to strangers :)

                                                            OTOH, so much of the trick or treating is now private parties/gatherings with the neighbors adding the caramels to our giving table will be easy.

                                                        2. re: rabaja

                                                          I must admit I'm not a great doughnut maker. I leave it to the pros but today when I spotted apple cider doughnuts for my hubby I thought of your post.

                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                            I hope your trip East was fun, rabaja! And apple cider doughnuts are da bomb....fresh from the fryer at an apple orchard. :-D

                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                              Our trip was wonderful, LW, thank you!
                                                              Such great weather, with just enough rain, bluster and sunshine to enjoy the fall foliage. It's getting so I never want to leave.
                                                              I'm still thinking about the ultimate cider doughnut...are they often cake doughnuts? Seems those are the most common recipes when I went searching, but I prefer the yeasted variety.

                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                I've only had cider doughnuts in the cake version, never yeasted.

                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  And I had pumpkin donuts at the cider mill this weekend. DELISH!

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    pumpkin doughnuts?! Now those would be good with some mulled cider too!

                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                      Yes, they were! :) Even better than the apple cider ones.

                                                                    2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                      What cider mill do you go to, kattyeyes?

                                                                      1. re: kubasd

                                                                        The Old Cider Mill in South Glastonbury for ol' times sake (plus I like to see the animals), but I'd like to try the little house across from Dondero, farther up the hill past Belltown, when I run out. Um, and as I was typing, I got up to pour myself a glass, shook the container AND THE PLASTIC LID POPPED RIGHT OFF (guess the cider was starting to go) and sprayed cider all over my face and glasses. So, yes, now that I stopped laughing, I will be stopping up near Dondero this weekend to give them a try.

                                                                        ETA: In keeping with this thread's theme, "what are some of your interesting uses"--how about an unintended facial? ;P

                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                          Is that where you are Kattyeyes? Some of my favorite people live there, and I love all the orchards and fresh produce around.

                                                                          1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                            Oh, I do, too, but no--I'm south and across the river in Middletown. But I misspoke above: the donuts are from Belltown Orchards (my favorite), up off of Foote. They change the donuts with the seasons. My spring fave is cherry, but the pumpkin is great.
                                                                            http://www.belltownhillorchards.com/

                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                              That's about 2 seconds away from my family. I bet they go there, too. :)

                                                                        2. re: kubasd

                                                                          Maybe you remember The Old Cider Mill more by how it looks than the name. I think the Riverview Farms people (Robb's Ice Cream et al) run it now. Nothing like fall in New England!
                                                                          http://www.riverviewfarmsct.com/about...

                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                              2. I heat it a bit in the microwave and add spiced rum. Maybe a cinnamon stick as garnish?

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                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                  Now I almost need to run out and buy some. We made mulled cider to go with the doughnuts and it was so comforting in this dreary, grey weather.
                                                                  I simmered the cider with some orange zest, cinnamon stick, and a tiny piece of star anise. It hit the spot.
                                                                  I can totally see adding some rum after five today ;)

                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                    Star anise is a good idea, could serve it in a clear pitcher so it's decorative as well as flavorful. Capt Morgan is especially good for this though.

                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                      Interesting! Need to give more thought to cocktails!

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        I used to this exact concoction on Halloween and warm it up, handing a cup to the close neighbors when they escorted their little ones around.

                                                                        1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                          I've seen this served in bars, it's usually called Witches Tit for some reason.

                                                                    2. re: coll

                                                                      coll, I love warm cider with rum...and another cocktail we tried last year was a combo of Sam Adams Seasonal beer and cider.

                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                          I also warm it up for a cocktail, but I add Calvados...

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        Swap spiced rum for Tuaca. I just put a sprinkle of cinnamon in mine. They call it "hot apple pie"--I call it delicious, esp. since I am more generous with the Tuaca than the original recipe, HA HA (2 oz. shots in this house).

                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                          I do half and half myself. Gotta keep warm!

                                                                          Never heard of Tuaca before, now I'll have to pick some up for the holidays.

                                                                      2. We love chicken or rabbit braised in cider and onions or leeks.

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                                                                          1. re: magiesmom

                                                                            I wish I could get my hands on rabbit and goat more easily.

                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                              yes, me too. it appears at the farmers market occasionally.

                                                                            2. re: magiesmom

                                                                              just made rabbit braised with a mustard-cream-cider sauce. used fresh local cider and grass-fed organic cream. swoony good.

                                                                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                This sauce would have done very well for my weekend's chicken dish. Will have to remember to try it.

                                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                  there's something about mustard, cream and cider. Great with pork also.