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
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!