Fall officially arrived yesterday. Apparently winter will be here this weekend, at least briefly, so Riley and I enjoyed the afternoon by playing in the sandbox. It was lovely feeling the slight chill in the air and watching my almost 2 year old examine bugs, worms and the difference between wet and dry sand. Sometimes I have to remind myself how great precious these moments are and before I know it he'll be less interested in spending time with me and tossing sand out of the sandbox.
This weekend, I'm hoping we can enjoy at least a few minutes outside, perhaps hanging out at an apple orchard or enjoying lunch at the park. If we're really lucky, Brad and I will get a movie night where we can sit down with one of these tasty spiced apple and cranberry martinis, a big bowl of popcorn, and a warm blanket. Sounds perfect to me.
I love the color of this cocktail alongside the delicate green apple garnish. It's festive and fun for the upcoming holidays but simple enough to make any time you want to enjoy the flavors of fall. A simple spiced apple simple syrup made with rich apple cider and mulling spices makes this so much more sophisticated than an appletini.
What are your plans for enjoying this October weekend? I'm always looking for new ideas to help us enjoy the season even more!