As this super hot summer slowly draws to a close, here are a few refreshing fresh apple drink recipes for you to enjoy. The first is suitable for the whole family, while the other two are great for those late summer adult get-togethers and gatherings.
Simply Sparkling Cranberry Apple Punch
2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups apple juice
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 cups Club soda
fresh mint sprigs or orange slices for garnish
Pour the three juices into a large punch bowl or pitcher and lightly stir to combine.
To serve: Pour the Club soda in and stir, then pour into glasses and float an orange slice on top for garnish.
Apple Harvest Citrus Sangria
2 red apples
1 750 ml bottle white wine
1/3 cup peach schnapps
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 orange, quartered
1 lemon, quartered
1 lime, quartered
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 in. x 1/2 in. chunk of peeled fresh ginger
4 whole cloves
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup club soda
Wash, core, and chop up one of the red apples; set aside.
In a glass bowl, stir together the wine, schnapps, brandy, and agave nectar, then add the chopped apple, orange, lemon, lime, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and cloves, stir and set in refrigerator at least 8 hours; overnight is fine.
Remove mixture from refrigerator and put a mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the mixture through; discard the solids. Wash, and core the other apple for garnish; slice into circles, and then into crescents.
On a little plate, mix the sugar and cinnamon together then lightly moisten the rims of the glasses you will be using and dip lightly into the sugar cinnamon mix.
Put a couple ice cubes into each glass; pour the strained sangria into the glasses until about 3/4 full, then add a splash of club soda to the glass, then place an apple garnish on each rim and serve.
Orchard Apple Martini
2 oz. apple vodka
2 oz. apple juice
1/2 oz. apple schnapps
1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
Fill a shaker with ice, add ingredients, shake vigorously, pour into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a crescent cut out of a red apple or with a curl of apple peel.
This makes one martini.