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    Fire Cider Blog — Drinks/Cocktails

    Fire Cider Lemonade

    Summer afternoon refreshment at its best: Fire Cider Lemonade with Berkshire Mountain Bakery ciabatta and butter.

    Summer afternoon refreshment at its best: Fire Cider Lemonade with Berkshire Mountain Bakery ciabatta and butter.

    Fire Cider Lemonade
    For a pint-sized drink

     

    Ingredients:
    • fresh squeezed lemon juice from 3-4 whole lemons
    • splash of Fire Cider
    • raw honey
    Method:

    Mix the lemon juice and Fire Cider in a pint glass.

    Add raw honey to taste. 

    Top with soda or plain water. It's that simple!

     

    Bright & sunny sweetness outside Fire Cider headquarters.

    Cider and Grapefruit Soda or Cocktail

    We're beyond the fourth of July, and that means summer has officially arrived in the Berkshires. I know we've been wearing our winter sweaters lately, but the warm weather has returned again, hopefully for at least a few months! And that means it's time to celebrate outside, preferably with your favorite people. The following recipe is a refreshing, healthy and hydrating drink that can be made with or without the addition of alcohol. I know so many people who, for one reason or the other, do not imbibe. And let's be honest, drinking plain club soda at every social gathering can bet a bit boring! Try making this drink, a few pints at a time or in large batches for big groups. This way, you have a base of slightly sweet and tangy citrus soda, that everyone, even the kids, can enjoy. Simply add tequila or rum to an individual glass for a customized adult beverage. If only it were this easy to make everyone happy, all the time. Cheers to summer!

    Makes 2 pint-sized drinks and is easy to scale up for larger groups.

    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit (about 1 large grapefruit)
    • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
    • 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey, or more for a sweeter drink
    • 1 ounce Fire Cider African Bronze or raw apple cider vinegar
    • soda water
    • ice
    Method:

    First, juice the grapefruit. I got about one cup from one large grapefruit.

    Then, juice the lime again. One lime gave one ounce of juice, pretty handy!

    I mixed 1 tablespoon of raw, African Bronze Honey into the lime juice. This honey has a strong floral, very sweet and slightly smoky flavor. I think that orange blossom honey would also mix really well with the other flavors. Use more honey for a sweeter drink. Mix until the honey is completely dissolved in the lime juice.

    Combine the lime, honey and grapefruit and stir well.

    Add ice to two pint glasses.

    Split the juice and honey mixture between the two glasses.

    Add ½ ounce of Fire Cider African Bronze, or plain Apple Cider Vinegar, to each glass.

    Top each glass off with soda water (club soda) and stir gently.

    Optional:

    Add an ounce of tequila or white rum to each glass.

    Salt the rim of each pint glass before adding the ingredients.

    Garnish with a lime or grapefruit wedge and enjoy!

     

    This Hot Chocolate Goes to 11!

    Even if you have not seen the movie Spinal Tap (These amps go to 11!) you can still take your regular hot chocolate and turn it into a more nutritious and delicious beverage/afternoon snack. This recipe combines ingredients from some of my favorite hot drinks like bulletproof coffee and golden milk. The end result is a frothy, chocolatey, protein-packed, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant drink. That's a lot for one beverage to deliver!

    Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, especially when cooked in fat like coconut oil which is beneficial for everything from skin health to heart health. Cocoa and dark chocolate are a good source of antioxidants. Follow this simple recipe, add what you like, leave out anything that doesn't call to you and stay cozy this winter!

    Ingredients for 2 servings:
    • 1 ½ cups milk – sometimes I use heavy cream and water, sometimes I use canned coconut milk with water added
    • 1 tablespoon unsweetened powdered cocoa
    • 1 tablespoon chopped dark baking chocolate — I usually use slightly sweetened 70% dark chocolate
    • pinch of salt
    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 scoop or about 2 tablespoons whey protein powder  I use Tera's Whey, it's certified organic from grassfed happy cows and has 11 grams of protein in each scoop
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Stevia, maple syrup, honey or a combination, to taste.

    Method:

    Mix everything together in a sauce pan EXCEPT the vanilla and stevia/sweeteners. Heat it up, stir to combine.

    When it's steaming hot, but not boiling, take it off the heat and mix in your sweetener of choice until dissolved. Then add in the vanilla extract.

    Use an immersion blender to whip everything together; it will get frothy!

    Pour into 2 mugs and enjoy!

    The Boston Cigar, The Spicy Manhattan and A Nail on Fire: A Cocktail Trio

    It's nearly the weekend, and we've got three cocktails fresh from Boston to get things started! All three of these strong and smoky cocktails were created by Apollo Clark, you can follow him on twitter @apolloclark 

    The Boston Cigar
    Ingredients:
    • 1.5 oz. Old Overholt rye whiskey
    • 3/4 oz. Tobacco liquor
    • 1/3 oz. Fire Cider
    • cherry, lime slice 
    Method:

    Combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a rocks glass, with a few rocks. Add cherry and lime slice and serve.

    Tastes like a good cigar, probably goes well with one too.

    Photo by @apolloclark on Twitter
    Photo by @ApolloClark on Twitter

     

    Spicy Manhattan
    Ingredients:
    • 1.5 oz. Old Overholt rye whiskey
    • 3/4 oz. Carpano Antica
    • 1/3 oz. Fire Cider
    • 3 dash orange bitters
    • cherry
    Method:

    Combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a rocks glass, with a few rocks, or none at all. Add a cherry and serve.

    Photo of Smoky Nail on Fire by @ApolloClark on Twitter

     

    Smoky Nail on Fire
    Ingredients:
    • 1.5 oz. Islay scotch
    • 1.5 oz. Drambuie
    • 1 oz. Fire Cider
    Method:

    Stir to combine in a rocks glass with a few large rocks.

    Fire Cider Virgin Hot Toddy

    There has been a nasty cold going around the Berkshires, and one by one, it has taken us out. First Dan, then Sean, Amy, and Dana. I blame Dan's kids for being cute but efficient plague carriers.

    Anyway, we've been hitting the amped-up virgin Fire Cider hot toddys pretty hard over the last week- and I'm happy to say we've been feeling much better!

    Ingredients:
    • 1 -2 tablespoons of Fire Cider
    • juice of 1/4 - 1/2 lemon
    • 1 tablespoon honey, raw, local honey is best
    • a healthy dose of ginger (We use 1 tablespoon frozen ginger juice)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, or 1 tablespoon diced fresh ginger works, too
    • hot water or tea to fill your favorite mug
    Method:

    Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

      Warming and soothing. Warming and soothing.

      Our full arsenal of anti-ick fighting home remedies includes Osha tincture, Echinacea tincture, oil of oregano (rub it on the bottom of your feet or get capsules), raw honey, Fire Cider, ginger juice, lemons, neti pot and of course, some Berkshire Bourbon for when you finally start to feel better!

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      Cheers!