Saturday, November 7, 2009

Apple-Cider and White Wine Slushy--A Icy "Simple Saturday Sipper" For Adults Only

While searching "Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express" for the Zucchini and Garlic Fusilli with Pistachios recipe I posted earlier in the week, I came across this recipe for an Apple Cider and White Wine Slushy, like the pasta, located in the "Fall" section of the book. I love apple cider, (the good, slightly thick, natural stuff) and this time of year I crave it both hot and cold. Adding some Riesling and ice to it and making it nice and slushy seemed like a perfectly brilliant idea to me. (Oh how I love Mark Bittman!) A perfect icy "Simple Saturday Sipper" for adults to enjoy.


Apple Cider and White Wine Slushy
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express
(Serves 2-3)

Note: Use any sweet white or sparkling wine you like

In a blender or food processor, combine a cup of apple cider, a half cup of Riesling, and about a quarter cup of sugar. Add ice and pulse; continue adding ice and processing until the desired thickness is reached (about 3 cups total). Serve immediately with a sprinkle of nutmeg or a cinnamon stick or an orange slice if you like.


Notes/Results: Delicious--refreshing and light and quick to make. I used a good, pressed apples only cider, some good Riesling and didn't end up adding the extra sugar--it was still lightly sweet and good. This one is perfect for a fall cocktail and when you think about it, it isn't all that bad for you. A definite make again recipe and it would be fun to try with different fruit ciders/juices and wines.


Happy weekend! One week of daily posting for NaBloPoMo down, just three to go!

12 comments:

  1. Apple cider just seems to speak to me in the fall. And when you pair it with a good white wine - you can't go wrong.

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  2. That almost looks like dessert. A great fall sipper.

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  3. Deb, you are posting some incredible drinks. I want to try them all. I think at my next cocktail party, I am going to feature a few. Many thanks

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  4. Lookin good!!! This sounds delicious and as always great photos. I bought some Preseco yesterday, going to try one of your earlier ideas.

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  5. Incredible pictures..and sounds like I can have it this afternoon...:)

    Thanks...great job :)

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  6. Mmm, I will have six, please.
    Niagara makes excellent Riesling and Ontario makes great apple cider. This is a perfect drink for me - love the fall flavours!
    Ps, I can see me buying this book soon.. and it will be all your fault!

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  7. Yum Yum Yum,...what's not to like???

    I love every recipe from Mark.

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  8. Our local apple orchard has a cider mill and makes the best apple cider slushies. The kids go crazy over them. This sounds like the "grown up" version. I wonder if it would work with a Marsala wine? I'll have to try that out :D

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  9. Oh yum! Is that with hard cider? What a brilliant drink for Christmas parties!

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  10. Awesome...i marked this page in the book, too. Man, I love that book. Looks awesome :D

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  11. Kim--I think it would be fun to experiment with different wines. Let me know how the Marsala is.

    Foodycat--It was just regular apple cider in the recipe but hard cider would be fun to try.

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