|Warm cider paired with a Dewey's Smore's |
cupcake tastes like a fall day.
Here is an excerpt:
by Robert Frost
My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
After apple-pickin' at Levering Orchard, VA.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
I recently coordinated a fall gathering for our neighborhood. Cider was expected. Not usually being a cider-drinker, I bought the jugs of cider at the store and just planned to heat them up. Done, right? Nope. A friend asked what kind of mulling spices I used. Hmmm.... I looked into mulling spices with all of their snooty cinnamon sticks and decided to try something a little different. I love chai, and it contains most of the spices found in mulling spices, so here is my recipe for what I call apple cider chai.
Apple Cider Chai
64 oz. apple cider
3 Stash white chai tea bags
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Heat in a crock pot and serve!