Cheers to Fall ... and Cider

The legend of Johnny Appleseed extends far past the historical/fairy-tale image most people conjure, into the realm of alcohol. At the beginning of our nation's history, water in cities was either unsanitary and/or hard to transport in large quantities. Everyone drank alcohol, everyday, with every meal. And Johnny Appleseed made this possible by carrying apple seeds across the country and up and down the Mississippi. Apples made cider - hard and regular.

Ok class dismissed.

Happy hour commences.

This cocktail uses regular cider (not hard, alcoholic) and mixes it with gin. Likewise no gin is necessary.

Cran-Cider Punch (don't let the word "punch" deter you) Serves 4

Muddle 1/2 cup fresh cranberries with 2 tablespoons sugar in a pitcher. Add 1 1/2 cups apple cider and 2/3 cup ginger beer, juice of one lemon, and 4 ounces of gin.

Mix and enjoy!!