Hot Caramel Apple Toddy
As the evenings get cooler here in the south, I have truly been looking forward to sitting by our new fireplace and enjoying a cocktail. Honestly I have been dreaming about this for almost a year.
Thanks to the hard work of my husband, we can now sit by our new outdoor fireplace, as seen in the DIY Patio Paver Project to enjoy a nice fall themed cocktail. Yes we built this patio and fireplace ourselves starting around the end of last year and finishing up early this spring, and as this weather is cooling down we are loving every minute of it. As you can see we have added a few fun fall colored pillows, throws and blankets to snuggle under as the evening weather gets cooler. Which creates the perfect setting for cocktails under the stars. This is our patio furniture that we relocated from the Sleeping Porch when we did our first One Room Challenge this past spring, which now has a permeant home on the patio. You will find that I really like to repurpose items in my home, as long as I still love them and they are functional I will keep them and just dress them up to look new with each passing season. As you might remember a couple of weeks ago we went on an Apple Picking Adventure . Which allowed me to pick up some fresh apple cider, to make one of my all time favorite fall treats. A hot apple toddy, or if you are like me a hot caramel apple toddy! This drink is the perfect fall weather, and a great treat to enjoy by the fire while relaxing under the stars. It is a very simple recipe and can even be pre made in a crock pot or on the stove, if you planning a large event or party. Either of these options will allow you to keep the tasty elixir warm though out the evening, and readily available for self service refills for your guest. Which in the case of a party is great, if frees you up for other things and whether its simmering on the stove or on low in a crock pot your guests will be able to help themselves. Let me just say, presentation is everything for me. So even if I am making something small or only for myself, I still want it to be pretty. Here, I have slice my apples in the round and used a star shaped cookie cutter to remove the core, and garnished with a cinnamon stir stick. The apples were soaked in orange juice, to prevent the apples from browning though out the night, which is a great tip if you pre-slice for a DIY bar, you might want to consider leaving them in a bowl with orange or lemon juice to prevent browning. After you have this apple slice on top of your drink then drizzle with caramel on top to make it a caramel apple toddy. Just to finish out the rest of the mood, I also added a few small candles and votives to the tray to provide ambient light as is it started to get darker. These cute log pillars are a easy DIY which I pinned to my Pinterest Fall Board, you should totally check it out. I tons of great things pinned for the season.
THE GROCERY LIST
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 star anise
- 2 Tbls fresh clove buds
- In a saucepot, combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg , vanilla, orange zest and cloves. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Allow spices to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain spices. Stir in brown sugar to dissolve. (This can also be done in crock pot for serving outdoors)
- Add one shot per glass of William Wolf Caramel Frisky Whiskey
- Serve with sliced apples (pre soaked in orange juice to prevent browning) , cinnamon sticks, or caramel.
- Enjoy an evening under the stars by a roaring fire.
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