Refresh With This Apple Treat

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Have your tootsies noticed an exchange of breezy flip-flops for booties or sneakers?

Is your favorite team logo now sported on a cozy sweatshirt rather than on a sleeveless T?

Have shorts taken a back seat to leggings and sweats on your closet shelves?

Perhaps, so.

And then again…perhaps not. Your area of residence more than likely is the governing factor.

As October bids ‘Adieu,’ the blazing summer sun gracefully curtsies to autumn’s chilly days. Not only might a wardrobe selection nod to cooler temps but so do food choices. Wouldn’t you agree, Dear Readers?

For instance, ice cream floats, watermelon, and corn on the cob have ‘Summer’ written all over them!

Ahh, but I beseech you to name a season associated with crisp, snappy apples or fragrant pumpkin pie. Undoubtedly ‘Fall’ would be a resounding response!

However, Dear Readers, can you name an in-between-those-seasons’ food that presents a melding of the summer and winter solstices? Miss NiNi has a notable idea worthy of consideration. It’s refreshing. It’s simple. It has tastebud satisfaction equally balanced for the seasons. It’s an Apple Cider Float.

I’ve been dying to share this idea with you for weeks, Dear Readers. Awaiting apple cider’s intro into the produce cooler of my local grocery store or apple orchard retail space has been the challenging factor.

As for this recipe–I desired the truly unfiltered, unsweetened opaque nonalcoholic beverage of a cider. Surely, I could have used apple juice. However, I wanted that tangier taste that would bounce off the creamy sweetness of ice cream. Add rich caramel sauce and a few sprinkles of cinnamon-season spices, and the stage would be set for this seasonal crossover treat.

I must admit that my idea was not original. It had previously taken bloom in the mind of Alyssa at whatscookinglove.com. As usual, though, Miss NiNi’s adaptations have added more depth of flavor for a delicious sweet delight this time of year.

Hail to summer’s melting ice cream floats! Hail to autumn’s edgy fresh apple cider! Hail to the delicious combination of both! Grab a straw and spoon, Dear Readers!

Miss NiNi

Apple Cider Floats

adapted from whatscookinglove.com

(Amount of each ingredient is variable depending on number of floats made and size of glass used.)

20161018_135527Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider
  • Ice Cream or Yogurt (can also use dairy free ice cream)
  • Caramel Ice Cream topping or Caramel Apple Dip (can use dairy free caramel sauce)
  • Ground Spices such as Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and/or Ginger or Apple Pie Spice

Method:

In a glass, add two scoops of ice cream. If desired, warm caramel topping or dip in a microwave. Then drizzle a spoonful on top of ice cream. Add a pinch of desired spices on top. Pour in apple cider until ice cream is covered. Then add another scoop of ice cream on top. Drizzle another spoonful of caramel on top. Add another pinch of spices. Serve cold with a spoon and straw.