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!


  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.

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

  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

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

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

    Thanks...great job :)

  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!

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

    I love every recipe from Mark.

  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

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

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

  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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