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Grapefruit and Chill

It’s the weekend!  I managed to get through almost a full week of Snowmaggedon 2020; and fortunately I was mostly able to work from home, considering that I’m still recovering from my surgery.  I did have to go in for a Board meeting on Monday evening though but that was before the worst of the storm hit…

I’ve been pretty into cider lately, and I’m loving that so many local cideries are making dry ciders!  Schilling Cider has this apple and grapefruit cider called Grapefruit and Chill; it is tart and dry and delicious!  I love the label design as well!

I hope you all have a great weekend and hopefully you get a three day weekend like I do!


Will Walk for Cider!

It was a long week.  A long week at work, and some late evenings too.  Last night after work, I took a walk with my friend; we walked to dinner and had pizza and strawberry rhubarb hard cider.  It was so delicious and so very needed.

Happy Friday!  It’s the weekend!


Circus Trip 2018: Knox College and The Lincoln/Douglas Debates

Day 19 & 20, Friday, August 3, 2018 – Saturday, August 4, 2018

I spent the night in Galesburg, Illinois, a small town known for, well, being a small town? I camped at the Allison Campground at Lake Storey Recreational Area, a city park with a lot of RV’s and well, me. I was the only tent camper in a huge field of campsites. I paid my $16.00 and drove out into the field to my choice of sites!  There is a lake nearby in the park, maybe one day I will make it back there to check it out!

That evening, I chatted on the phone with friends, and enjoyed one of my Black Tea Infused Ciders from Four Daughters Winery. I also saw my very first cicada! Mind you, I have heard cicadas a lot when I have traveled in the Midwest, as they are a staple of summer. But they tend to be hidden, and not out in the open, or hanging out on the leg of my picnic table!

Galesburg is the site of one of the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858. Can you believe it!? They debated on the front steps of one of the buildings of Knox College, which faces out toward the center of town.  The founders of Galesburg and Knox College were staunchly anti-slavery, so it ended up being the perfect place for Lincoln to challenge Douglas’ views on slavery.

It’s an easy place to get to, so after I packed up camp the next morning, I checked it out. There is a plaque on the wall of the Old Main’s exterior, but otherwise you would have no idea of the history that happened here. Old Main is the only building on the Knox College campus that still exists from the time when Lincoln and Douglas debated here.  Fun fact: According to historical accounts, Lincoln climbed through a window of the Old Main building to get to the debate platform, and was reported to have said, “at last I have gone through college.”

It was a good feeling to be standing on this spot, but strangely, there was no one else around on this Saturday morning in early August. Where were all the throngs of tourists wanting to see Lincoln sites? Sigh… I guess sometimes history goes unnoticed…

After seeing Knox College, I headed over to another little visited site in Galesburg; the place where Carl Sandburg was born. Carl Sandburg isn’t exactly a famous author these days, but at one time he was. He wrote poetry, and political discourse, and a giant, fat, multi-volume tome on Abraham Lincoln. So he has to be cool, even though I will admit to never having read his Lincoln biography. One day…  I’ll share my visit to the Sandburg home next!

Tieton Cider Works Apricot Cider

Tonight I was craving something tart, so I pulled out this Apricot Cider by Tieton Cider Works.  It is a nice mix of sweet and tart, with the apricots really shining through.

Apricot Cider by Tieton Cider Works

Apricot Cider by Tieton Cider Works

A search of the Tieton Cider Works website revealed that they have cocktail recipes that use their ciders.  This one sounds delicious, although it would really pack a punch!

  • 2 oz Oola Vodka
  • 1.5oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur
  • 1 oz Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz Tieton Apricot
  • 1 dash Bitterman’s hopped grapefruit bitters (sub Orange bitters)

Garnish with a sprig of thyme Instructions: Shake the gin, liqueurs, lime juice, and bitters in a chilled cocktails shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top with Tieton Apricot Cider.  Gently stir to combine and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Have you tried any of the Tieton Cider Works ciders?  What did you think?  Happy Sunday Everyone! 

Blue Mountain Cider Company: Winesap Cider

To my knowledge, the first time that I ever had Winesap apples was at Douglas Valley Winery in Manistee, Michigan in October, 2014.  They have orchards with several varieties of apples, and Winesaps are one of them.  They are delicious!

Fast forward to a trip that Jon and I took to Walla Walla in August 2015, to celebrate my birthday a little early and take advantage of Jon’s weekend off.  We visited The Blue Mountain Cider Company, and sampled several of their ciders.  This one, made from 100% Salmon Safe sustainable Oregon apples, was one of my favorites.  It is a dry style cider, with a refreshing crispness and a hint of tartness on the back of the palate.  It is very well done.

It was a perfect accompaniment to a lazy, exhausted Friday night after a long, short week!  It really hit the spot!

A line up of several Blue Mountain Ciders, courtesy of the Blue Mountain website.

A line up of several Blue Mountain Ciders, courtesy of the Blue Mountain website.

Have you ever had any of the Blue Mountain ciders?

Blue Mountain Cider Company Raspberry Hard Cider

I’m home from a busy weekend, after spending last night in Seattle.  We watched my brother-in-law’s band play at a little hole-in-the-wall pub a couple of hours from home.  Jon and I went down a bit early to do a bit of wine tasting in Woodinville, then met Jon’s parents for the evening.

The band was good, and the venue reminded me that I’m old, and I’m terrible at staying up late.  Being out until after midnight is brutal!  Today we slept in, and before coming home, we visited the Seattle Art Museum and saw the Impressionist exhibit, a collection on loan from the National Gallery of Art.  It was a great exhibit, and we had some time to check out other areas of the museum too.

Now, at home, I’m enjoying a glass of Raspberry Hard Apple Cider, by the Blue Mountain Cider Company, in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.  If you haven’t heard of Milton-Freewater, it is right next door to Walla Walla.  The Raspberry Hard Cider is a great balance of sweet and tart, with just a hint of carbonation.  Delicious!  If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and grab some – according to the Blue Mountain website, it is only available in the tasting room.

A line up of several Blue Mountain Ciders, courtesy of the Blue Mountain website.

A line up of several Blue Mountain Ciders, courtesy of the Blue Mountain website.

Cheers to the end of a great weekend!

Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed for Cider

With a name like that, it’s begging to be plucked off the shelf and plunked into the cart.  I found it at Trader Joe’s, on a mission for snacks, ready to eat meals for those long days when we don’t feel like cooking, and wine…  I wasn’t looking for cider.  But this one just said, “Bring me home!”  I know, I know, I am strange…

Henry Hotspur's Hard Pressed for Cider

Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed for Cider

It sat around in the wine fridge for awhile, until tonight in fact, when I was mulling over what to open.  Upon opening, it had a nice carbonation under the bottle cap closure.  In the glass, it was a pale straw color with tiny bubbles.  The nose was barely perceptible, of mulling spices and apple.

On the palate, it is semi-sweet, with a light flavor of apples, cinnamon, and clove.  There’s nothing complicated here, no lasting finish, just a simple, sweet taste of fall.  And for $2 for a 22 oz. bottle, I really don’t expect anything more.

I know nothing about the production; no info on apple varieties or region. What you see is what you get – but certainly worth it for the price.

Have you tried Henry Hotspur’s Cider?  What did you think?