When your close friends and neighbors happen to be foodies just like you, there is no way to avoid it, every weekend revolves around the next meal. And of course in our case, that always includes the next cocktail.
Now, when your close friends have relatives visiting from out of the country (shout out to Nicola & Iain) who also happen to be foodies, you know that will also include taking them to your favorite restaurants. It also means, you will gladly spend as much time as is required in the kitchen preparing your very best and favorite recipes for them to feast on.
Although an alarming thought for your waistline, you don’t mind it one bit because you can’t help but relish in the joy of sharing something that is such a part of you. Besides, we all know vacation-induced-calories don’t count, as long as you are the vacationer or the local entertaining the vacationer, that is how it works, right?
Well, last weekend before Nicola & Iain were to fly back to Scotland we all got together to feast at Cindy’s place. Her piece de resistance turned out to be one of the best non-traditional lasagnas I’ve had thus far. She also served her goto apricot appetizer and I brought a large pitcher (I doubled this recipe) of this hard apple cider sangria which turned out pretty darn good I can say with certainty since it was gone in a blink of an eye.
- 1 large apple, thinly sliced (1/8"-1/4" thick)
- 1 navel orange, thinly sliced
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup toasted caramel whiskey
- ¼ cup brandy
- ¼ cup light rum
- 1 − 22oz bottle hard apple cider
- Combine all ingredients into a pitcher, chill for 20-30 minutes in the freezer and serve over ice.