This post was sponsored by my favorite spirits company, Prairie Organic Spirits! Thank you for supporting the brands that make Lake Shore Lady possible.
I love October. Cool crisp mornings. Sunny afternoons. Changing leaves. And of course, warm apple cider. Or should I say SPIKED warm apple cider 😉
It’s no secret that Prairie Organic Spirits makes my all time favorite vodka and gin – and as soon as I tasted their new Sustainable Seasons Apple, Pear & Ginger Flavored Vodka, I knew it would be perfect with warm cider. The flavor is subtle but oh-so fall-y and, just like all of their other varieties, it is incredibly smooth. So I went to the Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market with my reusable produce bag for some Mick Klug Farm apples and cider to make a steamy pot of the most delicious fall drink EVER.
About Prairie Organic and Sustainable Seasons
If you need more of a reason to try Prairie Organic Spirits for this recipe besides the AMAZING flavor, let’s chat about everything else I love about them! Prairie Organic produces award-winning spirits made with organic corn that is grown without herbicides and pesticides on Midwestern family farms. This requires more time in the field, more regulations, and more standards – but for them, it has always been 100% worth it. They were the first USDA Certified Organic spirits brand and they remain the #1 organic brand to this day.
Their spirits are also “distilled to taste” which means they are individually taste tested by their team of experts to make sure every bottle is perfect. And let me tell you, you can taste the difference. The corn base makes it really smooth, and all of their flavors are incredible. In addition to Apple, Pear, and Ginger, the Sustainable Seasons flavors also come in Grapefruit, Hibiscus & Chamomile and Watermelon, Cucumber & Lime. And the best part? They’re all low-calorie, made with natural flavors and have zero sugar. I told you, the BEST!
(No Artificial Colors/Flavors/Sweeteners Avg. Analysis per 1.5 fl oz: 75 Cals, 0 Carbs, 0 Protein, 0 Fat)
Also, has anyone else become especially smitten with farmer’s markets this summer/fall?! Not only is it a sustainable way to support local farmers, but it’s also a great excuse to enjoy the weather and shop some of the beautiful produce that thrives this time of year. A few of my favorite markets are:
- Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market
- Green City Market
- Logan Square Farmer’s Market
- Wicker Park Farmer’s Market
Also, if you’re looking for some other COVID-safe activities this fall, Jack’s Pumpkin Patch Pop-Up is always absolutely adorable. There are also a lot of places to go apple picking within driving distance of the city, too!
Spiked Apple Cider Recipe
1/2 cup Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons Apple, Pear & Ginger Flavored Vodka (can be adjusted to taste!)
1 quart apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 gala apple
- Pour apple cider into a pot over medium heat.
- Add cinnamon sticks and cloves.
- Wash a gala apple and cut into a few big pieces. Add to the cider.
- Bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Add vodka to taste and ladle into mugs.
- 1 quart apple cider
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
- 1 gala apple
- 1/2 cup Prairie Organic Spirits Apple, Pear & Ginger Flavored Vodka (can be adjusted to taste!)
1. Pour apple cider into a pot over medium heat.
2. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves.
3. Wash a gala apple and cut into a few big pieces. Add to the cider.
4. Bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
5. Add vodka to taste and ladle into mugs.
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PS. You might also like Cucumber Flavored Vodka Gimlet and Sparkling Craft Cocktails with Watermelon Ice Cubes!