6 cinnamon sticks, grate ¼ of one stick into the mix
1 vanilla bean, cut in half and seeds scraped out
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
¼ cup fresh ginger, sliced
3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
The following two ingredients are optional but add another great level of spice.
30 whole cloves
10 allspice berries
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to a gentle boil, and turn down to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate the simple syrup
Each fall, Kelowna’s Mobile Juice Factory makes the rounds of many Okanagan orchards, pressing freshly harvested apples into fragrant cider. Our annual Appleooza event draws crowds of people who enjoy watching the process. Everyone loves seeing the apples travel up the conveyor belt into the machine, where they are pressed to release their nutritious juices; the cider then flash-pasteurized and bagged. As the cider is not filtered, it retains more nutritious pulp, giving it a more natural, cloudy appearance. This unfiltered and pure state is why it’s referred to as cider rather than juice. We think our pairing of tart Granny Smith and sun-kissed rosy Ambrosia apples is perfect for this fall treat.
Additionally, the bags of cider are vacuum sealed, not allowing any air back in to spoil the product. This unique valve makes it shelf-stable even once it’s opened, saving valuable fridge space.
While it is delicious in its natural state, I came up with an aromatic and warmly spiced autumn drink everyone will love using our cider and Fraser Valley cranberry juice. You choose whether it’s going to be a non-alcoholic punch or a cocktail with the addition of some good Canadian whisky. Go ahead, breathe in the spicy autumn aroma, and you’ll be looking to curl up with a good book in your favourite cozy sweater.