It may be cooling down in some parts of the country, but it is still hot here in Southern California.
We took a trip a few weeks back to Oak Glen farms to celebrate the beginning of apple season. After living in the south for years and picking apples in cool crisp weather it was definitely strange picking apples when it is 95° outside.
We still had a great time, but man oh man was it sweltering!
The kids especially loved being away from the city for the day and couldn't resist picking as many apples as they could reach and petting every farm animal in site. It was so relaxing!
After we arrived home with a few gallons of apple cider and more apples than you can shake a stick at we hit a massive heat wave!
I'm talking over 100° temperatures for almost 2 weeks, and since we live by the beach we have absolutely no A/C. Needless to say baking any appletastic fall treats was out of the question.
Meanwhile, logging into any form of social media proved to be super frustrating as everyone else around the world seemed to be eating apple pies, cakes, and tarts.
So, we decided that the best thing to do was to harness the flavors of fall in the coldest way possible and to us that meant apple cider floats! I used the real deal, fresh pressed, apple cider we picked up at the farm for our floats which is more savory than sweet. I suggest if you are purchasing apple cider at the store to use a brand with no added sugar so that the sweetness of the cider doesn't overpower the float.
Also, if anyone can explain to me why no one has figured out how to get REAL fresh pressed cider into grocery stores I would appreciate it! This having to drive hours out of the city to get my authentic cider fix is a little ridiculous.
Apple Cider Float
- Yield: 1 1x
- 2 cups fresh pressed apple cider
- 2 large scoops gluten free/vegan vanilla ice cream
- Cinnamon to taste
- Place the apple cider in a large glass add the scoops of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with cinnamon on top to taste.
I used the real deal, fresh pressed, apple cider we picked up at the farm for our floats which is more savory than sweet. I suggest if you are purchasing apple cider at the store to use a brand with no added sugar so that the sweetness of the cider doesn’t overpower the float.
Your little man is quite handsome! I think it is supposed to be 24 degrees here tonight, so it is definitely hard to imagine the sweltering heat you are experiencing! But man, I am so envious you are... feeling the warmth of the sun is one of my favorite things! 🙂
Beautiful recipe too!
Kate @¡Hola! Jalapeño says
Your little guy is such a doll! I've been dreaming about this float ever since I saw it on Instagram. I LOVE this idea!
Thank you Kate! He is a total sweetie. You must make this float it is ridiculously easy and tasty.
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says
YES! These look amazing!! I just made some fall floats with apple cider, root beer last week, so I'm all over these! YUM!
Hi Meg, great cocktail! How about adding it to the Food on Friday: Cocktails/Mocktails collection over at Carole's Chatter? Cheers
Can't wait to try these. Fortunate to live 10 min from a cider mill in WNY
Michele @ Two Raspberries says
I totally know what i'm having for dessert this weekend! this sounds soooo good! yum-o-la!
OMG! I can't believe I've never thought of this or seen it anywhere before! Such a simple but BRILLIANT idea! Thank you!!!!!
How perfect for fall!!! I need some of that!
Thanks Gaby! Come to the LBC and I will share my real deal cider floats with you:)
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
Love the minimal ingredients in this! Floats at home are the best!
I totally agree homemade floats can't be beat!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
Oh my gosh. This looks incredible. I love love love REAL apple cider. I always have it stocked in my fridge this time of year. Never thought to make floats with it. Sounds delicious!
Liz, I hope you love the floats as much as we do! When you make these with REAL fresh pressed cider they are absolutely mind blowing.