It’s Fall and that means Homecoming! The football games are in full swing and the parties and tailgates are in even more full swing.  Let’s face it that the reason we have Homecoming is so that we have an excuse to get together and have a party! 

When you think of Homecoming you think of crisp evenings and falling leaves.  That is unless you live in the South. We do not get our Fall until about October so the September tailgates and parties are still a bit warm. But, we want it to be Fall so bad! So, how do we make it feel like Fall when it is 93 degrees outside? We put the pumpkins out and we serve “fallish” dishes.  Here is a cocktail that is perfect for those warm Fall nights, or days:) It is not served hot and it still has a bit of a refreshing hint to it.  Plus, it is a great way to use up all the basil that you have planted, before it dies. 


Apple Cider Cocktail

Makes 1 drink

2 oz. Vodka (or 4 Tablespoons)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
4 basil leaves, torn
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup apple cider 
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
Sliced apples for garnish

Place all ingredients, except for garnishes, in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well.

Pour into cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice.