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My Fourth Day of Drinks

Posted on: December 23rd, 2012 by Teresa

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As American as an Apple Pie Martini

Perhaps this cocktail reflects my tendency to become nostalgic and homesick at this time of year. For the most part I enjoy living in a small city that’s nearly a thousand years’ old, located in a country that’s about the size of Indiana. However, now and then, I long for the BIG-ness that is USA.

The Annual Apple Purchasing Event

Apple Hill near Placerville California taken in November 2011
Today, I was reminiscing about Apple Hill. Ireland grows apples, or so I’m told. But we Californians make it into an event. Every autumn, Apple Hill opens and families arrive in droves ready to buy apples, apple pies, apple cider, holiday crafts, and picnic foods. Recently, they’ve replaced some of the apple orchards with vineyards. It’s all part of the go big, have everything spirit.

When I was growing up, we would drive to Apple Hill every year. Then back home, Mom would make apple pies and apple turnovers and applesauce. I may have helped. They certainly were delicious.

Decision time: Puddings, Pies, Cakes, Cookies … Cocktails?

Empty glass with vodka bottle and spices near by

A few nights ago, Jeff and I were discussing what we each thought of as traditional Christmas desserts. I hadn’t really known much about Christmas pudding, Christmas cakes or mince pies until I moved overseas. Jeff remembers trifle and Pavlova, two summer desserts Kiwis associate with Christmas meals.

At Thompson’s Corner, we always had pies: pumpkin, chocolate, banana cream and apple pies. My brothers and I also decorated gingerbread men and other cookies the week before. Obviously we couldn’t have that many desserts for just the two of us.

Typical Compromise

So in the end we just bought Christmas pudding from the grocery store. It was decided that we might try out the summer desserts this July in CA. Jeff wasn’t that keen on pies and my attention span is too short for cookie baking.

However, memories of those apple pies still linger. Tonight’s cocktail is my easy no-bake solution: An Apple Pie Martini.

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