Raise A Glass To Apples

Nothing compares to the simple delight of biting into a fresh apple – unless it’s sipping on a beverage bursting with fresh apple flavor. Whether it’s an infused tea, a culinary-inspired cocktail, or handcrafted soda, apples have found a home in the beverage space.

Getting Crafty
From craft cocktail establishments to restaurants elevating their bar programs, adult beverages are getting the culinary treatment. Bartenders are taking cues from chefs and employing techniques once reserved for the kitchen.
•Booze such as brandy, bourbon, and rum have an affinity with apples. Add more apple flavor by infusing liquor with apple pieces – utilize those cores and peels.
•Try roasted apple purée in a mixed drink such as a margarita for an autumnal spin on what is traditionally a summer treat.
•Make an on-trend shrub – a mixture of fruit, sugar, and vinegar – with apples.

Cool Treats
Apples work just as well in beverages without the booze.
•Infuse water with apple slices.
•For a creative palate cleanser, make a granita to serve between courses; try it with a light and refreshing combo of lemon and basil or go for comfort with apple pie spices.
•Capitalize on the healthy halos surrounding drinks such as cold-pressed juices and smoothies by incorporating apples.
•Pair apples with on-trend nut butters – such as almond – in a smoothie.

Super Sodas
In line with on-trend artisanal foods from pickles to charcuterie, hand-crafted soft drinks using seasonal fruits will attract customers thirsty for creative drinks.
•Sodas made in-house can help fill the void for customers craving carbonation.
•Make a syrup with apples and mix with club soda for a fruit soda. Tea Party The tea category, iced and hot, is another area that works well with apples and autumn.
•Apples are easy to incorporate in any tea option such as iced tea by the glass, iced tea in a bottle and hot tea.
•Attract tea-minded customers with a specialty drink like apple chai tea; boil
water with apple slices

Tea Party
The tea category, iced and hot, is another area that works well with apples and autumn.
•Apples are easy to incorporate in any tea option such as iced tea by the glass, iced tea in a bottle and hot tea.
•Attract tea-minded customers with a specialty drink like apple chai tea; boil water with apple slices.

Cider Excitement
With the rise of craft beer, hard cider – the nation’s beverage of choice during colonial times – has made a comeback. The future is bright for cider, and this presents an opportunity for restaurants.
•Offer several options of hard cider on tap and pair it with special sandwiches or cheese and charcuterie. With the launch of more new and innovative flavors, multitaps are definitely an option. Sell by the glass or offer flights.
• With more consumers interested in local foods, consider making cider in house. Cider pairs well with sausage as a glaze, adds a tangy twist to gravy, and can bolster the neutral flavor of fish.
• Cider is perfect for braising vegetables, and for roasting meats – it helps steam the meat while adding fruity flavor.