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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Cinnamon Hard Cider

Fall cocktail recipe featuring Sobieski Cynamon Vodka with hard cider.  Perfect flavors for the season

The weather for the fall and winter just call out for apple cider and cinnamon. The flavors define the seasons, and today’s cocktail is full of both the tastes of apple cider and cinnamon. This fall cocktail recipe features Sobieski Cynamon Vodka paired with your favorite hard cider.

Fall Cocktail Recipe

Cinnamon Cider Cocktail
1 oz. Sobieski Cynamon Vodka
2 oz. hard cider
¼ oz. vanilla simple syrup
¼ oz. lemon juice
Cinnamon stick for garnish

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

There are few flavors that just speak to “fall” or “winter” more than apple cider and cinnamon?  This cocktail brings the best of both together in this very tasty fall cocktail recipe.  I also love the touch of lemon that breaks it up a little bit.  Lemon goes well with apple not just in cocktails, but in cooking as well.  Try a little lemon juice in an apple pie recipe some time and let me know what you think about that.

This cinnamon flavored vodka became a standard on my bar last year with the Sweet & Cynful Tea. Hot cocktails do not quite get the love they deserve. If you are looking to add some warm cocktails to your repertoire, the Sobieski Cynamon vodka is a perfect addition. The delicious cinnamon flavor goes well with chai tea, warm apple cider and more.

Cheers!

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Tiny Hamster Is Back with Friends For Thanksgiving

tiny hamster and his friends sit down to Thanksgiving dinner.  Wearing their best pilgrim hats, the friends enjoy a turkey dinner until there just is not any more.  How cute are they?

There is something new this year to be thankful for. Tiny Hamster is back and he brought friends for a Thanksgiving feast! I don’t care if you’re from Southern California or Kansas City, this video of Tiny Hamster  eating Thanksgiving dinner with his friends, including a very fluffy bunny, gives me the biggest smile of the day.  There is sure to be a Pinterest tutorial on how to make pilgrim hats for hamsters very soon thanks to this video.

HelloDenizen has done a great job with their Tiny Hamster videos. Tiny Hamster has already had his own pizza party, a birthday for his little friend, and even gone against the hot dog eating champ, but this one may be the sweetest of the videos. I did have to wonder, is that what I look like when I sit down with Dad Bee and have Thanksgiving? SHOVING slices of pie into my face until I just cannot hold anymore, maybe just one scoop of potatoes… with gravy. Please.

Yes this is what we look like at Thanksgiving dinner. We just do not want to admit it. Instead of hanging our heads in shame, we can watch a little furry party do what we do every and giggle.

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Sometimes Simple Is Best – My Perfect Weekend Lunch

Fall lunch in southern California fruit cheese smoked yellowtail and sparkling water

What comes to your mind when you think about your perfect lunch? A delicious over the top sandwich with steak fries, pizza from a tiny hole in the wall restaurant, or maybe even an elegant restaurant. For this southern California blogger, there are few things that I enjoy more as an afternoon meal than what I had yesterday afternoon.

I have heard it referred to as a poor man’s dinner, but that does not lessen my love for this simple meal. On a cutting board I set out sliced apples and oranges, a wedge of bleu cheese, crackers, and smoked yellow fin tuna. The fish was locally caught and we smoked it in our yard the day before. There was something about the tart of the cheese with the smoke of the fish that really play off each other well.

You could easily dress this up for a holiday party with friends. Use a wooden cutting board, a variety of cheeses and maybe some other dried meats to pair like salami. You can also add more seasonal or exotic fruits bringing this delicious meat and cheese plate up a few notches.

I had my lunch with soda water, a lime wedge and new favorite glass straw in a tall glass. But you could serve this with tea or cocktails if you are entertaining.

Do not be afraid of easy when you are serving food to friends. It can still look as elegant as you want it to be. It is all in the presentation.

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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail

Add some autumn flavor to your next get together with this cold hard cider cocktail recipe.  Prefect for that in between weather in Southern California

Hard Cider Cocktail Recipe

The weather is turning and with that comes days that are a little warmer than expected in addition to the sweater weather. On the days that things are a little warmer than expected this fall cocktail does the trick. It still has the familiar comforting flavors of fall, apple cider, licorice, and lemon, but in a nice cool drink.

Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail Recipe

1 oz. CAMUS VS Cognac
¼ oz. Lucid Absinthe
2 oz. hard cider
1 oz. lemonade
Lemon zest for garnish

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon zest and serve.

How fabulous is this hard cider cocktail for those warmer than usual fall days? Here in southern California we are still in the 60s and 70s but with a call for rain this weekend. Depending on the way the weather sways we could have this or one of the warmer cider recipes I have waiting for you on the site.

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Like I have said before, I am a fan of the hard cider drinks. They tend to be refreshing with just a kiss of sweet. The lemon and Cognac give this a balance to the absinthe and cider. You might be able to do this drink hot if you replace the hard cider with hot apple cider. I would slice the lemon and let it float on top of the mug for the flavor and as a nice garnish.

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Fabulous Holiday Hair Braid How-to

The holiday season is here, that means lots of cocktail parties, cookie parties, office events, and of course dinners to attend. With all of the styling, for work and for play, paired with the dry cold weather, your hair can take a beating. But that does not mean that you cannot have fabulously styled hair for all of your holiday events.

Fishtail braid how to video.  This is perfect for lazy weekends or for all of my holiday parites.
My new favorite style for a lazy weekend, or a glammed up Christmas cocktail party with friends, is the side fishtail braid. Carly Musleh from BeautySauce.com gives a great and EASY how-to video on this beautiful style. It has the look of something complicated, and is perfect for all of your holiday celebrations.

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