We’ve brought you food, clothes, adventures and more….now it’s time to bring the booze! Introducing our new monthly installment – Drink of the Month. Every month we’ll bust out our taste buds and put our heads together to bring you’re the latest trends in drinks. Now I know what you must be thinking, spending countless hours creating, testing, and tasting new delicious drinks, it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it. Don’t let these hot September days fool you, in honor of the first day of fall we’ve got an easy to make drink to celebrate the new season. And don’t you worry, there’s not a pumpkin in sight…I’m sure we’ll get basic at a later date.
Fall is the perfect time of year to hit up your local Farmer’s Market or orchard for the best in fall produce. Ditzler Orchard has got you covered for all your apple needs for this drink, currently they have U-Pick apples available if you’re looking for the full orchard experience or if you’re just wanting to pick some up, they have a wide variety of apples to choose from (pick your favorite!) and fresh made apple cider. Located just a short drive from Terre Haute in Southern Parke County, Ditzler Orchard is the perfect way to kick off a fall inspired weekend.
Want to skip the drive and wait for these humid September days to cool off? Downtown Terre Haute’s First Friday event “Harvest in the Haute” features a special night market just for their event on October 6th starting at 5pm. Terre Haute Downtown Farmers Market will be on site with a variety of vendors and is a great place to pick up some apples to enjoy for this cocktail. Who knows, you might even be able to pick up a pumpkin or two (that’s as basic as we get this month).
- 1 bottle champagne
- 1 cup apple cider, plus 1-2 tbsp. for dipping
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 apple, thinly sliced for garnish
- Using a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Pour cinnamon sugar mixture onto a small plate. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider into a shallow bowl. Take a champagne glass and dip the rim in apple cider and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture, rotating the glass gently to evenly cover the rim. Repeat with remaining glasses.
- Carefully pour 1/4 cup of apple cider into each glass. Top with champagne, garnish with apple slices and enjoy!