Iced Apple Spiced Cider

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Main Ingredient: Fruit
Menu Part: Beverage
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 4-6 servings

This refreshing drink is a summery riff on classic hot spiced cider that’s popular in the colder months. Chef Commer created this recipe to quench hot weather thirst with cooling flavors. He infuses cinnamon, serrano pepper, apple and pineapple in liquid to create a spicy, sweet and sour beverage.

Ingredients

2 cups Fresh Agave Sour (recipe below)
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup frozen diced apples, partially thawed
4 frozen golden pineapple spears, partially thawed
2 cinnamon sticks
1 serrano pepper, seeded, quartered
Additional diced apples, partially thawed, for garnish
Ground cinnamon, optional

Fresh Agave Sour:

1-1/2 cups agave nectar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup water 

Steps

1. Prepare Fresh Agave Sour; add 2 cups to large infusion jar. Stir in water, apples, pineapple spears, cinnamon sticks and serrano pepper. Store in refrigerator for 4 hr.; remove serrano.

2. Continue storing in refrigerator for at least 24 hr. before serving.

3. Serve apple spiced cider over ice in tall glass. Garnish with additional diced apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired. 

Fresh Agave Sour:

1. Stir together agave nectar, lemon juice, lime juice and water in a large container until blended. Keep refrigerated before use. Makes 4½ cups.

Recipe by Chef David Commer, Commer Beverage Consulting, Lewisville, Texas. Courtesy of Dole Chef-Ready Cuts