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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Apple Cider Chai & Poetry

What better to start off a Tuesday morning (or any morning) than a cup of hot cider and poetry? Throw in some "Appalachian Waltz" by Yo Yo Ma and an oh-so-appropriate Smore's cupcake from Dewey's Bakery and it might as well be your birthday morning. Note: Dewey's caramel apple cupcake also goes well with the cider, not that I ate two cupcakes this morning or anything.

Warm cider paired with a Dewey's Smore's
cupcake tastes like a fall day.
As for the poetry, since I had cider in hand, I pulled out my trusty Robert Frost collection and turned to the earmarked "After Apple Picking". I remember reading this poem in college. My inspirational professor said that he wanted the poem read at his funeral. Years later, when I heard of his death, I hoped that someone knew his wish and had read it for him at his funeral. I went home and read it alone just for him. 

Here is an excerpt:

After Apple-Picking
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.

Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough. 
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!

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