It’s November! Which, it could be argued, is quite possibly the best month of the year! Football, cozy fires and a major national holiday that focuses on copious amounts of carbs. What else are you looking for? Ah yes. Of course. Hard cider! Specifically, Swilled Dog Hard Cider. Hard cider is certainly a Fall tradition, but we believe it should also be a part of your holiday traditions.
In this month’s blog post, we have some amazing fall cocktails and an appetizer (cheese dip!) that incorporate our delicious ciders. Your Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving shopping list will not be complete without these ingredients and your Thanksgiving meal has never been so appetizing. What better way to put up with your weird Uncle/farting Grandpa than to #GetSwilled? Your brother burned the turkey? #GetSwilled. Someone makes a comment that they hope the Vikings win the Super Bowl? Throat chop then #GetSwilled. It’s extra windy for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade? #GetSwilled and laugh. See? A new family tradition has been born for the holidays. So this year, we invite you to enjoy family, friends and Thanksgiving the way they were supposed to be enjoyed. With some delicious Swilled Dog Hard Cider at the party.
Until next time…#GetSwilled
Swilled Dog Team note: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want you to know how thankful we are to all the amazing Swilled Dog fans and supporters. You guys are the best!
DOG BALLS OR FIRE DOG...YOUR CHOICE ON THE NAME
Yields 1 cocktail
1 shot of Fireball Whiskey
6 oz Swilled Dog Caramel Apple Hard Cider (or as much as you want for taste)
Mix ‘em together and enjoy!
APPLE CIDER HOT TODDY
Modified recipe from Cookie and Kate (awesome blog by a dog, Cookie and her owner, Kate)
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 6 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
1 cup water
1 green tea or black tea bag (Tazo or Twinings Pumpkin Chai is great)
1 oz. rye whiskey or bourbon
2 ounces Swilled Dog Pumpkin Patch or Caramel Apple Hard Cider
½ small lemon
Suggested garnishes: thin, round slices of lemon, a cinnamon stick, and star anise
Bring the water to a simmer and carefully pour it over the tea bag into a standard-sized mug, leaving a couple inches of room in your mug for the whiskey and cider. Let the tea steep for a few minutes, then discard the bag so the tea doesn’t get bitter.
Pour in the whiskey or bourbon and cider. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and garnish with lemon slices, a cinnamon stick and a star anise.
PUMPKIN CIDER CHEESE DIP
Courtesy of the Food Network Magazine:
Total: 35 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 clove garlic, minced
12 oz. Swilled Dog Pumpkin Patch hard cider
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of cayenne pepper
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
Chopped fresh chives, for topping
Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and garlic; cook, stirring, until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cider, pumpkin puree, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the pie spice and cayenne until smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes.
Gradually whisk in the cream cheese and cheddar until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer the dip to a bowl; top with the bacon and chives.
Serve with sliced apples or raisin-nut bread.