Happy Apple Week: Day Four -- Apple Cider Floats

A big scoop of vanilla ice cream cools this float down.
A big scoop of vanilla ice cream cools this float down.
Photos by Molly Dunn

Throughout Apple Week I have shown you how to make basic applesauce, bake mini apple cinnamon muffins and let the slow cooker do the work for you to make homemade apple butter. Now it's time to make an easy, sweet and delicious drink with another form of apples, apple cider.

Although it's scorching hot outside, the thought of sipping on hot apple cider sounds unappealing, but if you cool it down with big scoops of ice cream and fluffy whipped cream, you'll want to dive right in to this apple cider drink.

All you need to make this cool and refreshing float is apple cider, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, caramel syrup, nutmeg and whipped cream. It's simple but so delicious.

First, heat two cups of water in a sauce pot just until warm; you don't want to boil it. Then, add two packets of instant apple cider and one stick of cinnamon. I love cinnamon, so I added an extra stick to enhance the flavor of the apple cider. As you heat the cider in the pot, the aroma of cinnamon will fill your kitchen.

Top with whipped cream and nutmeg to create a wonderful and comforting float.
Top with whipped cream and nutmeg to create a wonderful and comforting float.

Pour about one cup into a large glass, then drop in two giant scoops of vanilla ice cream. You'll want to compensate for the ice cream that will melt once it hits the hot apple cider.

Top the float with as much whipped cream as your heart desires and sprinkle a little bit of nutmeg on top to put the perfect finishing touch on your refreshing drink. It tastes just like an apple pie.



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