Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Little Kitchen Assistant

One thing about holiday cooking that is unavoidable is stress. No matter how much you prepare, you're still going to end up running around your kitchen in sheer panic trying to get all the food on the table at the same time. So what's a cook to do? DRINK!! :)

Seriously... make yourself a tall one of these!

You may be asking, WHAT is that? It's Apple Pie. Really, that's the name of it. Picture the wonderful flavors of apple pie in a glass...with Everclear! One glass of this and you will blissfully tackle any kitchen stress effortlessly. My Thanksgiving cooking was a breeze, though I don't advise drinking a second glass until after you serve dinner.

1 gallon of apple juice
1/2 gallon of apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks
1 liter of Everclear or other 190 proof grain alcohol

Prepare drink a day or two in advance. Combine the apple juice, cider and cinnamon sticks in a large sauce pan, or two if necessary, over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then turn off and let cool. Once cool, stir in alcohol. For easiest storing, mix the drink well then pour drink back into the apple juice and/or cider containers and store in the fridge. Serve hot or cold.

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