Wassail is an ancient West English tradition, typically celebrated on January 17th, or the Old Twelfth Night of Christmas. Hailing from Wales and West English cider country, wassail is a night of revelry and caroling.
This simple, elegant cocktail is floral and herbal and a lovely sipper for a holiday cocktail party or aperitif. Based on a classic bijou cocktail, our Midus Bijou substitutes Midus, mead aged on spruce tips, for sweet Vermouth.
It saved a man's life, created the worlds greatest wine, destroyed during Prohibition, kept aline by a single person, now finally making a resurgence; the Norton grape. This is America's only native grapethat can make wine that will stand up to those of the world.
Sweet potato bake, or sweet potato casserole, has always been a Southern favorite of mine for holiday meals. Deliciously sweet, rich, and creamy, sweet potato bake is a perfect balance to Bonfire Cyser. Bonfire has a smoky, apple nose with a medium high acid, much like a dry white wine.
Bonfire Cyser has a fantastic smoky nose, light spicy character, bright medium acidity, and wonderful chile flavor on the finish. While Bonfire Cyser is lovely as a standalone drink, it is also an excellent addition to a Bloody Mary. The Bonfire Mary recipe below takes a bit of preparation work, but is a delicious savory cocktail where the tomatoes and Bonfire Cyser shine in harmony.
Pintxos are small bites, similar to Spanish tapas but often served on a toothpick as finger food! Create your own Basque-inspired pintxo snacks with the easy ideas below. Serve a variety as an appetizer course, a snack selection, or as a complement to a heartier course of a Spanish Tortilla, paired with a glass of Sidra Americana, of course!
As cider comes back into the hands of the people, we see the increase in old varieties that have been rediscovered and on their way to a revitalization. They have been grafted onto rootstock and are being distributed to farmers with an eye towards the future.
Recently I visited ANXO Cider and Pintxos Bar in Washington, DC and enjoyed delicious pintxos (small bites, like tapas) and Basque sidras. All are dry, rustic, funky, and tart, a perfect pairing for salty pintxos or a rich, savory Spanish tortilla.