If you are lucky enough to be given the keys to a cottage in upstate New York in the middle of Fall, then this is the drink that youâ€™re going to want to be sipping on the porch.
Birds singing, leaves rustling, the whole nine yards. And deer wandering around the garden at night for good measure.
â€œWe should hikeâ€ said Jon, totally mis-reading the mood.
â€œReally?â€ Iâ€™d been hoping for a strenuous day of Magazine-ing and Sitting Still.
â€œWeâ€™re in a nature preserve. We should take advantage of it.â€ So we set off into the woods.
â€œJust a couple of things;â€ warned the ranger as she handed us a trail map. â€œThere have been bear sightings, not a lot of â€˜em, but a few, and also, you probably want to watch out for nudist over by the river.â€
We clambered up a cliff, seeing neither bears nor nudists, which was a bit of a let down, and looked out over a valley studded with gold and red and purple. â€œThis is the life,â€ said Jon.
Thatâ€™s what I said when I returned to the porch, apple cider in hand, wrapped in a blanket, watching yellow leaves spiral into the lake.
If youâ€™re British, buy some good quality pressed apple juice and mull (heat gently) 4 cups with a cinnamon stick, a couple of cloves, a tbsp. of soft brown sugar, a star anise and a strip of orange peel.
If youâ€™re American, buy apple cider if you like.
- Heat the apple juice / cider until almost simmering â€“ look for steam.
- Add a slug of dark rum.
- Sip while contemplating Autumn.