Food & Drink,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday | Hard Cider (Mule).

Hello friends and happy Wednesday! I’m delighted to be joining in with Kat and friends today with a knitting project … and a cocktail!

A few weeks back, I posted about Thea Colman’s latest Hard Cider. Since then, the yarn arrived (I do think it’s a very nice pink-red), I knit a swatch and finally, cast on. The pattern begins with 7″ of 3×3 rib, which seems to be taking ages (I started Monday evening and I’m still not to the halfway mark), but the yarn – Rowan Felted Tweed – is nice to knit. and I’m enjoying the size 5 needle.

I’m also enjoying the Hard Cider cocktail (pictured above on the right). After much trial and error and a few more batches of spiced honey syrup (I ended up omitting the apple), I think it’s even Baby Cocktails worthy!

Hard Cider Mule – serves one

1 oz spiced honey simple syrup*
1 oz gin
a 12-oz bottle of hard cider (you’ll need about half for one drink)
a lemon wedge

Combine the syrup, gin and a generous scoop of ice in a highball glass. Top with hard cider and a squeeze of lemon.

*Spiced Honey Simple Syrup

1 cup water
1/3 cup honey
2 heaping tablespoons of mulling spice mix (if don’t have any in your cupboard, a blend of whole cloves, allspice, cinnamon and coarsely grated orange peel will do)

Heat everything over medium heat until the honey dissolves. Let stand an hour or two (less if you’re using “real” spices and more if you’re using a mix) and then strain the syrup into a jar (it will keep practically forever in the refrigerator).

The syrup is also delicious with bourbon … I’m thinking a lowball with maybe a bit of applejack?

Wishing everyone here in the United States a Happy Thanksgiving! and all of you elsewhere (Sara!!) a wonderful Thursday!

12 Comments

  • Bonny

    The sweater looks lovely so far and the drink delicious! Here’s hoping you get to enjoy another delicious cocktail tomorrow (whether a hard cider mule, a lowball with honey spiced simple syrup, or something else) and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Patty

    I’m going with Gaby’s Apple Cranberry mule tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes! Love the color you’ve chosen. Here’s to a big weekend of all the things we love!

  • Jane

    That is a very nice pairing of cocktail, yarn, and pattern. Seriously, that pattern looks like another good one from Thea Coleman. An LYS has a full line of Rowan yarn. I have been meaning to visit and look at the colors of felted tweed. It looks like nice yarn. Isn’t it nice when the yarn, pattern, and needle feel like they work together well? It’s a great place to be with knitting. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Kat

    Ribbing…sigh. But it looks so nice! And, I love your yarn choice! I made a spiced honey syrup version of David Liebovitz’s Toronto last night – it was so good! I love this idea of gin and hard cider though!

    I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Carole

    That does look like a fabulous color, here’s hoping you’re past all that 3X3 soon! Happy Thanksgiving and cheers to delicious cocktails!

  • Honore´

    Lovely yarn and the cocktail sounds yummy. Have one for me, too,pls. Thank you! Sending the best to you and family – around the globe – on this Thanksgiving!
    Cheers~

  • Kym

    I think I’m one of the few knitters who actually . . . doesn’t mind . . . ribbing! I think your sweater is going to be just lovely. Such a nice color, and I really love Felted Tweed! I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, Mary. (I’ll bet it was a bit weird for Sara to have just an ordinary Thursday when the rest of her family was celebrating Thanksgiving.) XO

  • Alexa

    That’s a lovely rich colour, your yarn – so good for this time of year! Your spiced homey syrup sounds delicious, though I might need to find a different drink to pop it into – if I were to mix cider and gin, I’d have a headache for a week!

  • Vicki

    Ribbing is one of knitting’s black holes!! I can’t imagine 7″ of it… 2″ is usually my limit. 🙂

    Thanks for that delicious sounding recipe!