THE ART DRANK // 22

Ever since fall officially hit, I've developed a bit of an apple cider crush... ok, maybe full-on obsession. There's a gallon-size jug in my fridge right now... I mean, no one person needs a gallon of anything. It's just so nice to come home, put on some cider, and settle in for the evening. Needless to say, with a whole gallon at my disposal I've gotten pretty creative with my cider... enter: Wassail Punch. This recipe from The Kitchn is a must-try this holiday season - omigah am I really using that phrase already??

Wassail Punch Serves 6

Ingredients

6 cups apple cider 1 cup orange juice 4 cinnamon sticks, plus additional for garnish 6-8 whole star anise, plus additional for garnish 1 tablespoon sugar Pinch of allspice Juice of one lemon Bourbon or whiskey (optional, of course)

Directions

Bring all of the ingredients to a low boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for a few hours. Serve hot; spike with bourbon or whiskey. Garnish with whole cinnamon sticks and star anise, if you're feelin' fancy.

photos by artsocial | drank recipe via The Kitchn

The Art Drank // 9

I love pears. I'm just gonna throw that out there... throw it right on back if you want. No pressure. I also love art (can you tell?). So naturally I would love an art print of the very fruit that I adore: da pear. This print is so simple in its peary perfection. Hat tip to you, Amy Dalton. So let's get to why we're really here. The Spiced Pear Margarita. Spoiler alert: this cocktail is not a summer cocktail. In fact, this recipe was called "The Very Merry Cocktail Recipe" over on The Kitchn and was published in December. Hmm welp, too late now. It's too delicious not to share with you. This will just have to be my ode to Christmas in July. I know, I don't want to acknowledge that bizarre "holiday" either... but you just don't say no to a Spiced Pear Margarita, I don't care what time of year it is.

Spiced Pear Margarita

Ingredients

makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz silver tequila .75 oz Poire William eau-de-vie (pear brandy) 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice .75 oz spiced simple syrup (see below)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass (rimmed with spiced sugar (see below) if you wanna).

For the spiced simple syrup and spiced sugar, go to The Kitchn (the website not your own kitchen, silly).

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Amazing recipe from The Kitchn.

The Art Drank // 8

The blueberry. A tiny indigo-colored berry said to have the highest antioxidant capacity of all the fruits (this information was gathered from google). Clearly this means that the Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer pictured below is the healthiest cocktail ever featured on The Art Drank. My logic is sound. Hail to the blueberry. I swear I didn't drink before or during the writing of this post... Blueberry Art Print by Brian Lynch via Society6 and Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzers via The Kitchn.

Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

Ingredients

Makes a 32 ounce pitcher

1 cup blueberries, for ice cubes 2 cups vodka 3/4 cup blueberry lavender simple syrup* recipe below 4 ounces lime juice Soda water Fresh lavender for garnish

Directions

Divide the cup of blueberries between two ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze completely. OR spread them evenly on a sheet tray and freeze until solid.

In a glass pitcher combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and club soda. Add ice cubes. Add remaining ice cubes to glasses. Pour the mixture over top and serve with a sprig of lavender.

Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 cup blueberries 4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried food-grade lavender buds)

Combine these three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add 4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried lavender) and keep on low heat for 10 minutes.

Strain pressing the blueberries to get all of their juice.

Recipes from The Kitchn. This site is the best, check it out immediately.

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