Apples season is here…toast to Johnny Appleseed

It’s apple season…time to decorate for Halloween and sip on cozy apple cocktails. Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is this week! Toast to Johnny with this cozy Apple Autumn Spritz and German Apple Pancake.

I had about ten apples just waiting for me Saturday morning so I used my juicer and was inspired to enjoy apples all day long.

This bubbly apple and Aperol blend will make you want to roast marshmallows and enjoy the fall night air.

Apple Autumn Spritz:

  • 16 ounces hard apple cider
  • 6 ounces apple cider or fresh pressed apple juice
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • club soda 
  • apple slices 

For each cocktail, pour 4 oz. hard cider, 1½ oz. apple cider, ¼ oz. Aperol, and ¼ oz. lemon juice into a festive glass filled with ice. Stir and top off with club soda. Garnish with an apple slice.

Warm apples in a pan makes me so happy it’s fall. This can be a breakfast or add some vanilla ice cream on top and it’s a dessert. It’s naturally sweet and simple. 

German Apple Pancakes:

This is one of those fall comfort foods that’s easy to put together and pop in the oven and makes the whole house smell amazing. 

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 apple cider or fresh pressed apple juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large apples, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine eggs, vanilla, apple cider and 1/2 cup of sugar in the blender and mix until smooth. Add flour baking powder and salt and mix a little more. 

Using a 10-inch nonstick ovenproof pan, add butter. When the butter foams add apples with the cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar and saute until the apples are glazed. Spread apples evenly then pour in the blender batter over the top. Reduce the heat and cook about 8 minutes before moving to the oven to finish cooking for about 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and invert on a flat serving plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Happy birthday Johnny Appleseed and happy fall! 

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