We can’t believe that we’re already this deep into September!!! I guess there are multiple reasons for that. For one, it seems like the summer flew by in a blur of cookies, cakes, and cocktails. The second reason – there’s NO WAY it’s still this hot!!! Seriously, we’re all about the summer, but we wouldn’t complain at all if we got a cold front or two. Maybe some rain too, if that’s not too much to ask.
Even though the hot fall weather extends our beach season here in LA, we’re kinda ready to move on to the Fall season stuff. Maybe if we had grown up in LA we’d be used to this year-round mild Summer weather thing, but we didn’t. Where we grew up, the beginning of the school year usually meant one or two mornings in crisp, cold weather, bundling up before school and drinking a hot chocolate or hot apple cider on the way out the door. You’d step outside and be instantly awakened by the air on your face.
Even though the cold fall mornings before school are specific memories, they always reminded us of the things that were to come. You could smell the firewood burning from outside, and you remember sitting around the fire in a chilly house with your family. You see all the apples and pumpkins at the grocery store and remember how awesome those pies taste after Thanksgiving dinner. The importance here – to a kid starting school, the memories that the sensations of Fall evoke are basically a countdown timer to Christmas, when all your “hard work” at elementary school is rewarded with a couple weeks off.
Even though we don’t look forward to Fall/Winter for the same reasons anymore, it’s still nice to be eased into the changing season by all of the little “Fall things” mentioned above. For those of us living in the land of 1 season, there aren’t many ways to jumpstart those feelings. The easiest, most delicious way to do it is through flavors. The sense of taste is mostly made up of smells, and the sense of smell is the sense most closely tied to memory. That’s why we’re bringing you this Fall hard cider cocktail from Hornitos Tequila. Try one sip, and we promise the cider and cinnamon combination will have you ready run to the backyard and jump in a leaf pile! The best part- It can be served hot or cold, so those of us still languishing in the 90 degree weather can partake too!
Here’s the recipe –
Hornitos® Black Barrel® Cider
- 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
• ¾ part apple cider
• ¾ part cinnamon syrup *
• 1 part lemon juice
• 2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
• 2 parts water
*To make cinnamon syrup: Mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 4 crushed cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil (approximately 1-2 minutes). Once cooled down, strain into a glass.
Preparation: Combine all ingredients together and serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge. Can be served hot or cold. Enjoy!