Happy Friday! I think I need to come clean and admit that I’m having a bit of an unhealthy obsession (although I think it could be considered healthy because of their abundance of organic produce) with Trader Joe’s lately. I recently decided that the bulk of our grocery shopping is going to be done there because let’s be honest…they have a great selection, reasonable prices, nice employees and really great seasonal finds to inspire the average at-home cook like me. So, after that description I guess when I say “obsession” I really mean love affair. I love Trader Joe’s.
Anyway, last week while perusing the aisles I stumbled upon this Pear Cinnamon Cider. A friend of mine had mentioned it before and that it was one of their fall seasonal items I had to try. I picked up a bottle of that as well as a bottle of their Sparkling Apple Cider in the hopes that the two would come together to create something delicious. I am really having fun making these fall inspired cocktails as well as using up the handle of Captain Morgan in our liquor cabinet. I really think that you could add spiced rum to just about anything and it instantly will make any drink yummy. Enjoy this beverage while you unwind from the week and sit on your porch relishing in all that is October. As Anne of Green Gables says, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Sparkling Cider Rum Punch
Ingredients (makes one drink)
- 2 parts Pear Cinnamon Cider
- 2 parts Sparkling Apple Cider
- 1 part Captain Morgan Spiced Rum (although any spiced rum will do)
- .5 parts Orange Liquor
- slices of apple + cinnamon sugar for garnish (optional)
Combine all of your liquid ingredients into your glass and stir to mix. Add a few ice cubes and your apple slices and enjoy! I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on one of my apple slices and wedged it on the rim of my glass. As I was drinking this scrumptious concoction I put sugary spiced apple into my drink and it just made it that more delectable. Totally optional, yet yet makes the drink that much more whimsical and who wants to skimp on whimsy?