Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

This Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail is both sweet and sophisticated. It’s perfect for when you want something a little bit fancy but not straight up boozy. You’re gonna want to drink this the entire holiday season.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

As I write this, we are on the eve of a general election here in the UK, and it’s really messing with my holiday spirit. Just when your days start feeling merry and bright, somebody does or says something ridiculous on the news, and you wonder if we’ll even survive to next year. The world feels totally out of control, and I don’t know if we’ll actually be okay.

Christmas and Yule and so many other winter solstice traditions all have themes of hope and renewal. I feel like we really need to tap into that right now. We’ve been wading through a dark time. It’s a natural and necessary cycle of death, but late December signifies the return of the light. It comes slowly, but every day from December 21st will start to be just a little bit longer than the day before. And then all of a sudden we’ll start to see crocuses and remember what color is. Life always come back. Let’s hold onto that feeling.

Or maybe we just need to chill out and drink cocktails until we forget for a minute that the world is falling apart around us. I don’t know.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you are going to make yourself a cocktail, make this Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail. It’s absolutely delicious, guys. It’s sugar and spice and Christmas cheer and bubbles and fun. I’m into it.

A little vodka and a little non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider get mixed together with a homemade spiced simple syrup made with orange juice, sugar, and a mix of winter spices. We use ground spices because this is real life, and that’s what you probably have in your kitchen. I strained my syrup through a coffee filter to try to get rid of some of the bigger bits, but you’ll still have some ground spices in your syrup. Don’t sweat it. Just make sure you give everyone something to stir their drink with. A cinnamon stick is super cute. Go to an Asian market to get cheap whole spices. Save your money for gifts.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I don’t know what’s going to happen with Brexit or impeachment or any of that. I do know that, barring some type of comic book-level catastrophe, the Earth will continue to journey around the sun, and the light will slowly but surely return to the Northern Hemisphere. In the meantime, I’ll be over here drinking a cocktail. You should join me. It’ll be awesome.

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this cocktail. I can’t wait to see .

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch is tasty make-ahead drink for your holiday table or party. It’s low in alcohol, so you can keep the party going all night. Plus, it tastes just as awesome as it slowly melts. You should definitely give it a try.

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love planning party menus. The second someone mentions they’re having a gathering, my brain instantly switches into menu planning mode, even if I’m not invited to the party. What would I make? How much cheese can I get away with serving? What’s for dessert? It’s gotta be something awesome?

A crucial element of the party menu is the drink. You want to be able to offer someone a beverage as soon as they come in and take their coat off. But maybe you also need to be in the kitchen finishing things up. It’s gotta be something simple. Something you can make ahead or something your guests can easily assemble themselves. And it can’t get watered down through the night. That would ruin everything.

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

That’s where this Apple Brandy Frozen Punch comes in. It’s made ahead of time so you don’t have to be mixing fancy cocktails for each guest. It’s not crazy alcoholic, so you can have multiple cups without getting out of control. And it starts frozen so you can serve it almost as a slushy or top it up with sparkling wine for some added glamour. Then as it melts it stays awesome because you’re not adding any water to the drink.

You can serve this in a pitcher or a punch bowl. When it’s really frozen, it’s easier to scoop it out then pour it. Garnish it with apple slices and cinnamon sticks and anything else you think is autumnal and beautiful.

The easiest way to freeze this is in a plastic or silicone resealable bag. You can just go to the freezer every hour or so and kind of squish it a bit to make sure it doesn’t get too solid. I’m cutting back on single-use plastic, so I didn’t have any bags. I froze this in a food storage container, and just took a fork to it, scraping up the ice crystals as they formed. Even if you freeze it over night and it seems a bit solid, the sugar and alcohol will keep it from being a total block of ice. Just keep scraping, and you’ll end up with lovely ice crystals.

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Every party needs a good drink,. This Apple Brandy Frozen Punch is where it’s at. Give it a try. It’ll be awesome.

If you make this recipe, be sure to share a photo in Instagram. Tag me use the hashtag #awesomeon20 so I can see your awesome creation.

Green Apple Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Green Apple Martini

Green Apple Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I meant to write this post yesterday. I left my laptop sitting out while I went into the kitchen to test a new waffle recipe. The waffles were just okay (this recipe is better), but that didn’t stop me eating three of them. When I came back into the living room to sit down and write, I discovered the cat had decided to take a nap on my laptop keyboard.

My cat is clearly some kind of devious genius because she managed to step on just the right buttons to turn off my mouse. If Geoff would have been home, the problem could have been solved in about five minutes because he knows that laptops don’t just work by magic, but alas, he was out for the night. Obviously, I had no choice but to close my laptop and go to bed at 7:30. It actually ended up being a pretty great night.

Green Apple Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

But as you’re reading this, it’s Friday, and we all deserve to have exactly the drink that we really want. I really want a sweet and tangy Green Apple Martini. I’m not apologizing. You know it’s tasty. And the good thing about making this drink at home is that there’s no one around to judge you.

I ordered the green apple syrup on Amazon, but it was worth it. Green apple liqueur is pretty easy to come by here. And of course, vodka is vodka. Shake it all up with ice so that it’s crazy cold, and serve it in a fancy glass because you deserve it.

Green Apple Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You just never know how things are going to go sometimes. This is why you always need to be ready to make a cocktail. This Green Apple Martini will get you through anything with a smile on your face.

Recipe from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson.

18 Awesome Fall Flavor Recipes

18 Awesome Fall Flavor Recipes

18 Awesome Fall Flavor Recipes

September means we can finally eat all things pumpkin and apple with no apologies. I mean, I probably wouldn’t apologize anyway, but there does seem to be a lot of pumpkin shaming, and I want none of it. There don’t really do apple picking or pumpkin patches in the UK, as far as I can tell, so I have to bring these flavors into my kitchen all on my own. Here are 12 great pumpkin recipes and 6 equally awesome apple recipes to bring these fall flavors into your life.

Pumpkin Scones

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Spice White Russians

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

No-Bake Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Apple Brandy Punch

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter

Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Pork & Apple Hot Pot

Apple Margarita

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

How’s the new year treating you, my darlings? I’ve been racking my brain for days for what I should set as my new Year’s resolution. We all know I can’t diet. I’ve already set a goal to exercise every day, which probably won’t last, but I’ll give it a go. But it’s not a real change, is it?

I’m looking for Oprah-level, best self, being completely awesome sort of stuff. Perhaps my resolution should be to lower my expectations. Does anybody else go through an existential crisis at the beginning of January? There’s a lot of pressure to figure out how to make yourself perfect, and I’m so susceptible to it. On the other hand, it’s just one day, and there are so many to come. Perhaps I’ll take it one day at a time.

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I mixed up something super simple to get us started. Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is going to be there for you in so many ways. Perhaps you’ve been drinking non-stop prosecco for the past week, and you need something innocent and delicious to drink. Perhaps you hate eating fruit, so you’re at least going to try drinking some. Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is here for you.

This sweet and lovely mixture can also come to the rescue at your next party as well. It’s particularly useful if you have some people at your party who can’t or won’t be drinking alcohol. This juice can be mixed with soda water to make it sparkly just as nicely as it can be mixed with vodka or added to a glass of sparkling wine. Obviously, it would make a great drink for kids as well. See, everyone’s happy?

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Raise your glass to 2018. May it be filled with sweetness. We’ll find awesomeness together. 

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice
Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is there for you when you need a bit of wholesome sweetness in your life.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 part cranberry juice
  2. 1 part orange juice
  3. 1 part apple juice
  4. Ice
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in your desired vessel, be that pitcher or glass.
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
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