Despite this city’s nickname, you have to admit some of the best apple experiences take place a few miles out of town. My husband and I have friends in Morris County, New Jersey who showed us the meaning of “idyllic life” the day they took us apple picking. After picking and tasting nearly a dozen ambrosial apple varieties at a farm, we took a scenic drive to a nearby cider mill. There we ate warm apple cinnamon donuts and drank fresh apple cider while our eyes feasted on a stunning palette of orange, gold, and fiery red foliage. Ah, Autumn.
Here’s a warm drink called Hot Applejack Cider that will complement the fall flavors of pumpkin bread: Heat four ounces of cider and two ounces of applejack brandy in a saucepan. Stir in one teaspoon of honey until it dissolves. Pour into a heat-proof glass or mug and sprinkle in ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Imbibe and get warm.