Here at Life in Pleasantville we understand that some weeks just cannot be over soon enough. Especially now, as the days get shorter and our waking hours are book ended by darkness, sometimes a gal needs a little medicinal to get her through those especially rough days. It’s not even about the alcohol, really. It’s more about taking a moment to sit down, put your feet up, and enjoy something that you can legitimately tell your children “I could go to prison if I shared this with you.” So, don’t think of our new weekly Thursday Night Cocktail feature so much as about getting a good buzz on, but rather about getting something just for you. (Any buzz is bonus.)
Tonight’s Cocktail: Canadian Whisky Maple Cider
This is a drink which will warm you from the inside out. This is an all-Canadian, made-for-crappy-weather drink. This is also the kind of drink for which you should assemble the ingredients and then cancel all plans for the next 48 hours. You should also arrange to have your car keys and all exes phone numbers hidden. It’s that good.
It’s Canadian-to-the-core and that’s because we need a Canadian-to-the-core sort of drink to get us through a Canadian-to-the-core winter. Do you remember the winter weather last year? No, of course you don’t. That’s because we’ve blocked it out as a self-protectionist measure. People in the modern era cannot cope with that sort of cold weather for more than a short period without giving up something in return and unfortunately that something is usually their sanity. While I make no claims that this drink will help you recoup your brain cells lost to Canadian windchill and ice storms, I will tell you if you have enough of them it may make it so that you just don’t care.
Most of our Thursday Night Cocktail recipes can be made virgin-style/non-alcoholic so for those of you who don’t imbibe or would like to make the drink for all family members can just modify the recipes as you see fit. But that’s crazy talk.
Canadian Whisky Maple Cider
- 1 1/2 oz Canadian Whisky
- 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup Use Amber or "B" Grade if available.
- 8 oz Apple Cider unsweetened and heated
- 1 Cinnamon stick
Mix whisky and maple syrup in large, heat-proof mug or glass. Pour in apple cider which has been heated (on stove or in microwave) with cinnamon stick. Stir and enjoy.
Repeat as necessary.
Directions above are per glass, however, to prepare for a crowd (or if it's just been THAT KIND of a week, you can multiply recipe and keep warm on stove or in crockpot. Be sure to label "adults only" for guests. One or two cinnamon sticks per pot should suffice.
Pear cider also makes a delicious substitute.