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Weekend Specials: Tina Nordström’s Apple drink with Vanilla Vodka

December 5, 2010

My family loves to watch cooking shows, particularly ones on PBS (we still have “farmer vision” as my mother has always maintained the viewpoint that cable would make us all too lazy). Saturday mornings will normally find the tv at the ol’ homestead in Ohio fixed on PBS where various cooking shows can always be found. A favorite of mine was always “New Scandanavian Cooking” (I’m not sure if it’s even still on anymore) because the food was beautiful and so was the scenery. So when we all decided to post holiday appropriate alcoholic drinks here, the only thought in my head was that show and a particular recipe that I’d always wanted to try out. The really crazy thing about this recipe is that I made it first earlier this week and by now (today) they have evidently updated their website and the recipe is no longer available. Oh no! Sadness! So I will link you to the cooking show’s website HERE, but unless I’m missing something the recipe is no longer available there. I think it’s because the gal that created it is no longer on the show. Anyway, here it is…

Tina Nordström’s Apple Drink with Vanilla Vodka
(Serves 6 people)

5 wine glasses
5 tablespoons dark honey
2 pints unsweetened apple juice
5 whole cloves
1 vanilla pod (or the equivalent in vanilla extract)
2 cinnamon sticks

1. Put one tablespoon of honey into each of 5 wine glasses.
2. Add 3 tablespoons of ABSOLUT VANILLA into each glass.
3. Combine the apple juice and spices in a saucepan and bring it to a boil for a few minutes.
4. Let it cool for a couple minutes (the liquid should not be boiling but should still be warm).
5. Strain and divide it between the 5 wine glasses.
6. Stir briefly and serve immediately.

**NOTE: Sometimes I alter this recipe by floating berries (raspberries, blueberries and cranberries tried so far) in the recipe. Usually adding them right after the honey and letting them sit and stew in the honey and vodka while I prep the apple drink part.**

Apple drink with Vanilla Vodka

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