Well, looks like we’re going to be staying inside for a little while longer. Time to start experimenting with new cocktail combinations. Like a peanut apple cider cocktail, shall we say?
Honestly, being alone isn’t that much of a hardship for me. The day-to-day worry and anxiety is the real kicker, but I’m usually content when I’m puttering around by myself working on projects. (Part of my Human Design.)
And though my freelance life is not the same as someone who lives alone in the Rocky Mountains tracking the weather, the advice he gives on self-sufficient life is truly good advice.
Keep a routine. Embrace the grumpiness. Use movies as a mood booster. And celebrate the stuff that matters.
In this house, we celebrate the coming of apple cider season every year. (Yes, I’m not truly alone—my husband and cats are my best companions anyway.)
And since stopping by the local farmstand is a frequent “reward” destination on my regular neighborhood walks, we’re really getting into apple cider season this year.
Apple cider is such a friendly ingredient. It plays well with all the other flavors of the season, from warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to sweet maple syrup to tangy cranberries.
Its natural sweet-tart taste also compliments the earthy richness of nuts like pecans, walnuts, and… yes, peanuts. Even though they’re legumes, not nuts.
That particular distinction is incredibly important for my husband, who’s allergic to tree nuts. So he can’t try many of the liqueurs and flavored spirits with which I like to spike my wintry cocktails.
Sure, he could add a little bourbon to his cider, which is great, but we have a lot of alone time on our hands. Why not get a little crazy?
That’s why I sought out some of the newer, and some would say stranger, peanut-flavored spirits on the market.
Roasted peanut vodka is subtle with the taste of honey-roasted peanuts. It doesn’t hit you over the head with a wallop of peanut flavor, but you’ll detect it just like the vanilla notes in bourbon.
Peanut butter whiskey is bolder, sweeter, and more suited for sipping on its own, but still blends into cold-weather drinks in a surprisingly harmonious way.
Either one of these two peanut-infused liquors can be used in this peanut apple cider cocktail, shaken and served over ice.
If you want a sweeter and nuttier drink, go with the whiskey. If you want a more tart and cider-forward drink, go with the vodka.
I can’t pick a favorite—now that I have both bottles on hand, I keep going back and forth depending on my mood that evening. (Only one drink per evening, though!)
We’ve got a long winter ahead of us, so why not go nuts and try both yourself?
- 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) peanut vodka or peanut whiskey
- 2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) Averna amaro
- 1 teaspoon (about 8 dashes) Angostura bitters
- 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) fresh apple cider
- apple slices for garnish
- Fill 2 highball glasses with ice cubes, and fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes.
- To the cocktail shaker, add the vodka or whiskey, amaro, bitters, and apple cider.
- Seal and shake for about 45 seconds, until you can feel the chill coming through the shaker.
- Strain and divide between the prepared glasses.
- Garnish with apple slices, if desired, and serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g
The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate.