Mulled Cider Old Fashioned

Fall has been such a tease this year, giving us cool mornings and leaving us with sticky warm afternoons that lead to evenings that are perfect for cocktail hour al fresco.

Mulled Old Fashioned

One chilly morning we made mulled apple cider with the hope that if we just consumed the flavors of fall Fall would decide to stay all day. While the warm cider was perfect for the morning, we froze the rest into large ice cubes in anticipation for the warmth of the day.

Later that afternoon, the Mulled Cider Old Fashioned was created:

Mulled Old Fashioned

Here’s what you need for this fabulous fall flavored beverage:

3 to 10 drops Angostura bitters

orange peel, about an inch or two long

1 large ice cube of mulled cider (or 2 to 3 small cubes)

2 ounces bourbon of your choice

1 cinnamon stick for stirring

1 anise star for kicks and giggles

Run the orange peel around the edge of the glass then throw it into the bottom. Douse it with bitters and muddle to your heart’s content. Add your mulled cider ice cube and the bourbon of your choice. Serve with a cinnamon stick for stirring and an anise star for added beauty and class.

Enjoy!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Mulled Old Fashioned

Mint Juleps

Derby Day 2015

This is a belated post about the Kentucky Derby!! One of the requirements of the day is to have our yearly dose of Mint Juleps, and it sure was a beautiful day for a glass of sweet icy bourbon mint perfection.

Derby Day 2015

Here’s what ya need to make a mighty fine Mint Julep:

2 oz simple syrup

Mint leaves (about 10 per glass)

Crushed ice** (enough to fill your glass)

2 oz bourbon (use Woodford Reserve for authenticity or just your favorite bourbon)

Put mint and simple syrup in your glass and muddle. Pack glass with crushed ice. Add bourbon, stir, and enjoy!

**Don’t have crushed ice? That’s okay, here’s how to create your own:Derby Day 2015

Grab a dish towel and place it on a sturdy surface. Place a ziplock bag filled with ice cubes on top of this towel and cover bag with another dish towel. Grab a heavy object such as a meat mallet or a hammer, and get out all that giddy excitement of making Mint Juleps by crushing that ice!

Derby Day 2015

Whether you have a silver goblet, a commemorative glass, or just a plain old cup we hope you enjoy at least one Mint Julep this summer!

xoxo,

Charleston Spice Co. Derby Day 2015