Sparkling Apple Cider Floats will add some festive fun to the holidays. With both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions, plus some simple tricks to make them extra easy and extra special, they are the perfect cocktail or mocktail to celebrate the season.
Sparkling Apple Cider Floats
Well guys, it’s my last new recipe of 2016. I’ll have a couple of year-end favorites and maybe even a collection of healthy recipes to get you geared up for all of those new year’s resolutions, but for now, I want to celebrate. I want to celebrate surviving the year with all members of my family pretty much in one piece. No joke, guys. Let’s see, we have several surgeries and procedures for the Hubby, some testing for The Bug, a broken foot for me, and let’s not forget my thyroid cancer scare and surgery. And, since it’s just been that kind of a year, of course we had to end it with me waking up to a thud in the middle of the night and sending my hubby off to the ER in an ambulance because he fainted as the onset to a stomach bug. Yes, I married a fainter. And yes, I totally freaked out. But he is fine now. I want to celebrate my accomplishments. Despite all of this, I kept plugging away at this li’l ol’ blog. I still have so much to learn, so many ways to improve, but I’m still flabbergasted that I get to call this my job. I’m ready to get back into the kitchen after the holidays to create more yummy food, and yes, definitely more videos too! I want to celebrate that the Hubby and I celebrated that we have made it to ten years of marriage. We went on a Royal Caribbean cruise, which allowed us to disconnect and reconnect, and of course enjoy plenty of good food and Mango Lava Flows. I want to celebrate you, the awesome folks who read my random ramblings, looks at my pictures, and most of all, pin, share, and especially try my recipes. I couldn’t do this without all of you, and I am so humbled that you would come get recipe ideas from a former chemical engineer who learned all of this in her own kitchen (and from watching lots of Food Network). You visiting my site allows me to have a career that gives me both joy and a creative outlet, the flexibility I need for my family, and the ability to manage all of the curveballs of life I mentioned earlier. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and cheers! And since we are celebrating, we need a fun and festive drink, like these… Sparkling Apple Cider Floats are kind of no-brainers, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to make them a little more special, and super easy to get all of the components prepared ahead of time so that when it is time to party, you are ready to go. First of all, you can make these alcoholic or non-alcoholic so that everyone can enjoy them. They are fabulous with hard cider, like Strongbow, which is my favorite, but they are equally yummy in a kid-friendly version with sparkling apple cider. But here’s how to make your party prep simple and make these drinks super fun. Before the party, scoop little balls of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt with a cookie scoop (you can even try my Vanilla Bean Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream for an extra indulgent treat), sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar, and pop them in the freezer. Then grab some flutes or glasses, dip the rim in caramel and then in some more of the cinnamon sugar. When it’s time to toast, just pour the cider into the prepared glasses, pull the ice cream balls out of the freezer, and drop them in. Because you’ve frozen the individual balls of ice cream in advance, there’s no need to let the ice cream soften, and they don’t completely melt the second you drop them in the cider. Sure, you could just scoop some ice cream into the cider and it would be delicious with the creaminess added to the crisp fruit flavor, but the caramel and cinnamon makes these Sparkling Apple Cider Floats worthy of a holiday or special celebration!
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Sparkling Apple Cider Floats (alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions)
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of a festive party drink with tricks to make them extra easy and extra special.
- In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Using a small cookie scoop, mellon baller, or spoon, scoop 8-12 (depending on the size and if you want two or three scoops per glass) onto the baking sheet. Using some of the cinnamon sugar mixture, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of each ball, pressing in if necessary. Place the sheet with the ice cream balls in the freezer for an hour or two.
- Pour some of the caramel into a small bowl. Dip the rim of your champagne flutes or glasses in the caramel and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Set aside until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve, pour about 6 oz. (3/4 cup) of the cider into each of the prepared glasses and add two or three of the ice cream balls.