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For a fun, festive alternative to beer and wine, I had purchased bottles of hard cider to serve at a Holiday Party. However, few guests deigned to try the fermented apple beverage so I found myself conceiving and devising interesting ways to dispense of the surplus left in the downstairs refrigerator.

CIDER WHISKEY SOUR

cider whiskey sour

1 cup hard cider

bourbon (to taste)

juice from 1/2 lemon

ice cubes

maraschino cherries

lemon slices

In a pot, boil cider over high heat until reduced by half. Cool. In a cocktail shaker mix cider syrup, bourbon and lemon juice.

Pour into ice-filled glass, garnish with cherries and lemon slices.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray, October 2016

www.rachaelray.com/

CIDER CINNAMON BRUSSELS SPROUTS

cider cinnamon brussels sprouts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound brussels sprouts, halved

1 apple, cored, peeled and diced

1 pear, cored, peeled and diced

2/3 cup apple cider

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a large pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Place brussels sprouts in a single layer and cook until browned, stirring frequently, 8 to 10 minutes. Add apple and pear, cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add cider and cinnamon, simmer, stirring, until all liquid cooks away.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Self, November 2011

www.self.com/

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