If there ever was a weekend to party, it’s coming up this week, with Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby happening back-to-back. So, gather you friends, put your favorite ciders on ice and get ready to enjoy a beautiful spring weekend in style!
Save a few ounces of that cider, though, to stir into some tasty recipes. Here are a few creative — and easy! — ideas from the Cider Culture kitchen (developed by our awesome sister company, Dish Works):
Spicy, sweet and sour, this pitcher-cocktail is just begging for chips and guac and cheesy quesadillas to go with it! The best part of this tequila-spiked drink, aside from the fantastic flavors, is that it’s ready to go in just five minutes.
Set it and forget it! These cider chicken tacos are a snap with the help of your trusty slow cooker. A can of your favorite session cider adds a touch of sweetness that’s a perfect combo with spicy taco seasonings.
Trust us on this one: avocado, green apples, tomatillos, cilantro and jalapeño peppers have never been so happy together! This recipe whips up in a jiffy with the use of a blender and makes a large batch; freeze some, share some, or just invite a few extra friends over to enjoy (don’t forget the chips!).
Mix up a batch of fruity, refreshing cider sangria for easy afternoon sipping. The cool part about this recipe is that you can customize it however you’d like: Add pineapples and mango for a tropical twist, raid the farmers market for the season’s first strawberries or keep it classic with citrus, grapes and apples.
Speaking of refreshment, take your mint julep game to the next level with the addition of cider! This Derby-ready cider mint julep has got everything you love about the classic cocktail, with a hint of cider sweetness and some bubbles to boot!
What are you cooking up this weekend? Enjoy!
- Photos: Dish Works