Sunday, September 28, 2014

Move over Martini, Tini-Apple Pie Is In Season!

Steve and I went apple picking yesterday at Twin Maple Orchards in Galien Michigan. We had a wonderful time! The weather was absolutely perfect there was an abundance of apples and friendly people all there for one purpose to walk among the apple trees. Whenever I pick apples directly from the tree, I cannot help but think about the poem by Robert Frost,  ¨After Apple Picking.¨ The beautiful sentiment in the poem speaks to the time in our lives and during the year when we settle in and rest by fireside as we slip into our winter slumber.

There is a wonderful reference in poem where it speaks to the bruising of apples and how basically nothing is wasted. ¨No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap.¨ 

As we were waiting for our ride back on a hay rack pulled by a small tractor, the string on the bag broke and apples rolled away. Steve refused to let those that bruised to go to waste, so we picked up every apple that rolled away. He kept every apple he picked on his picking journey. As we returned to our house we separated those that were bruised from the perfect ones. I immediately started thinking about all the things I could do to put the bruised, the ones that should be outcast, how could I turn them into glorious treats to be enjoyed by fireside. It is then that I came up with it. Tini-Apple Pie, or Apple-pie-tini. I give you mixology of the year! 

3 apples peeled, (bruised are perfect) cored and sliced
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of simple sugar syrup
1 shot of Premium Ketel One Vodka

Place all of the aforementioned ingredients into a blender. Puree all of the ingredients until they are as smooth as possible. Slowly separate the juice of the puree from the puree. Set the puree aside for either making a cake, freezing for an apple sorbet, or eat it straight as apple sauce. 
You will attain about 8 ounces of pure, fresh apple juice. That juice will be the very thing that sets the ¨tini¨ into huge! 

Apple pie version or the girlie version: 
3 ounces of premium juice
1 tsp of simple sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla 
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2 oz. Premium Ketel One Vodka
Ice for shaking 
Pour it all into a shaker, shake it as you would a martini, pour into chilled martini glass and serve! OMG! it is liquid apple pie! 

Apple Pie-Tini or should I say a Robert Frost! 
3 ounces of premium juice
3 shots Premium Ketel One Vodka
Ice for shaking 
Pour all of the aforementioned ingredients into a shaker. Pour into a chilled martini glass and serve! Just the right fruity taste and enough wow to keep you warm through a cold autumn night! 

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