One of the things I truly love about Greece is the long warm fall. It’s not what I used to know as fall back in Sweden. Here, summer doesn’t really end. It just sort of melts into winter, where it sticks around and shows it’s face every few days, until we slide back out into spring.
I can go swimming in November, spend Christmas outside in a t-shirt, and enjoy refreshing cocktails any time of the year.
Still, it can be nice to follow the seasons when it comes to flavors, just for the sake of variety. This is a regular mojito, made fit for fall by the use of sparkling apple cider instead of club soda.
- 2 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. sparkling apple cider
- 6-8 large mint leaves
- apple slices, for garnish
- 1 part sugar
- 1 part water
- Start by muddling your mint leaves in a collins glass.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients except for the cider to a shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously.
- Fill the glass with new ice, and strain the drink into it.
- Top with the apple cider and stir.
- Garnish with an apple slice.
- To make simple syrup, heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, while stirring. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat, and let cool.
- 2 1/2 cups mixed nuts (I like to use cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, and peanuts)
- 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp. honey
- a drizzle of olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- Mix all of the ingredients well on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in a 375 degree F oven for about 10 minutes, or until the honey has caramelized but nothing is burned.
- Let cool.