Where to Go Apple Picking in New York, According to Our Hudson Valley Correspondent

Every month, Melina Hammer, Food52’s very own Hudson Valley correspondent, is serving up all the bounty that upstate New York has to offer.

Did you know? New York State’s official state fruit—and, who knew, state muffin—is the apple. Appropriately, …

Every month, Melina Hammer, Food52's very own Hudson Valley correspondent, is serving up all the bounty that upstate New York has to offer.


Did you know? New York State’s official state fruit—and, who knew, state muffin—is the apple. Appropriately, apple picking heralds in the fall in the Hudson Valley. From August through October, the crisp, sweet air is just right for orchard day trips.

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Apple Cider Margarita

This apple cider margarita recipe will impress everyone! It’s tangy and balanced, with a cinnamon sugar rim. Once apple cider…

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This apple cider margarita recipe will impress everyone! It’s tangy and balanced, with a cinnamon sugar rim.

Apple cider margarita

Once apple cider season rolls around, there’s one cocktail you absolutely must make with it. This Apple Cider Margarita! It’s tangy and balanced: the zingy tequila and lime pairs beautifully with the sweet cider. Top it off with a cinnamon sugar rim, and every sip is a delight. Every margarita recipe we make is my favorite…until we make a new one. This one is ideal as a fall cocktail or winter drink: make the pitcher variation if you’re serving a crowd!

What’s in an apple cider margarita?

This apple cider margarita is a spin on the Classic Margarita, a simple classic cocktail from the 1930’s that’s stood the test of time. The ingredients in the classic? Tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur (Triple Sec or Cointreau). This version stays true to the classic definition, simply adding in apple cider to the mix. Here’s what you’ll need for this apple cider margarita:

  • Tequila
  • Lime juice
  • Cointreau
  • Apple cider
  • Cinnamon and sugar, for the rim
Apple cider margarita

What type of apple cider to buy?

There are a few major types of apple cider you’ll find at the store that you can use in this margarita. Here’s a breakdown and what we prefer:

  • Unfiltered vs filtered: Apple cider is sold unfiltered, which has the pulp and sediment, and filtered, which is basically like apple juice. For the best flavor and color for this drink, choose unfiltered! But it works with filtered as well.
  • Pasteurized vs unpasteurized: Pasteurizing apple cider makes it more shelf stable. If it’s unpasteurized, it can turn into hard cider or apple cider vinegar over time, so you should drink it within 2 weeks. Unpasteurized cider has more risk of bacteria, so we recommend pasteurized.

How to make a cinnamon sugar rim

The best part of this apple cider margarita recipe? The cinnamon sugar rim! It gives a pop of sweetness to each sip, and a bit of texture on the edge of the glass. Here’s how to whip it up at home:

  • Use a lime wedge to wet the wedge of the glass. Cut a notch in it, then run it around the edge of the glass. You can do a thicker band, like you see in the photos.
  • Mix up a plate of cinnamon and sugar. You don’t even have to measure: any quantity will do.
  • Place the outer edge of the glass in the sugar and rotate. Make sure the outer edge is evenly coated (not the inside).

Voila! Take one sip, and this drink is deliciously balanced between tangy lime, zingy tequila and sweet cinnamon sugar.

Apple cider margarita

Make an apple cider margarita pitcher (8 servings)

Serving a crowd? The best way to serve an apple cider margarita is as a pitcher! That way, you can spend 5 minutes making 8 drinks instead of one. You can prepare all the glasses with cinnamon sugar rims, then pour the drink into each (approximate 2/3 cup liquid per glass, plus ice!). Here’s what to mix together:

  • 1 ½ cups tequila
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ¾ cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • 3 handfuls ice

Add these ingredients to a pitcher, mix, and enjoy! The ice quantity is important for the dilution that would occur in a cocktail shaker. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

More apple cider cocktails

Love apple cider? Make all these fall cocktails and apple cocktails that use cider:

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Apple cider margarita

Apple Cider Margarita


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This apple cider margarita recipe will impress everyone! It’s tangy and balanced, with a cinnamon sugar rim.


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces* tequila reposado
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • ¾ ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Cinnamon and sugar, for the rim
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • Star anise and cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Single drink: Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until cold. Strain the margarita into the glass with the sugar rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.
  3. Pitcher (8 servings): Place 1 ½ cups tequila, 2 cups apple cider, ¾ cup Triple Sec or Cointreau, and ¾ cup lime juice in a pitcher. Add 3 handfuls ice and stir until cold. Prepare the glasses separately, then add 2/3 cup to each glass and garnish with ice.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Apple cider margarita

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Pumpkin Dream Cupcakes with Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting.

These pumpkin dream cupcakes are fluffy, moist and perfectly spiced. Inspired by my pumpkin dream cake and topped with a delicious espresso cream cheese frosting. They’re actually a dream! Fall is here! And I couldn’t be more excited! What better way to celebrate the day than with a giant pumpkin cupcake? I’m here for it. […]

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These pumpkin dream cupcakes are fluffy, moist and perfectly spiced. Inspired by my pumpkin dream cake and topped with a delicious espresso cream cheese frosting. They’re actually a dream!

Fall is here! And I couldn’t be more excited!

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

What better way to celebrate the day than with a giant pumpkin cupcake? I’m here for it.

pumpkin dream cupcakes

Okay, so here’s the deal. Over the last few years, tons of you have made my pumpkin sheet cake into cupcakes. Tons of you have asked about it, have tried it, have made amazing versions. 

I wanted to have a space here on the blog for the cupcakes only – just so you could see them, in case you want cupcakes over sheet cake

I know. Hard decisions. Cupcakes or sheet cake? Hmmm…

pumpkin dream cupcakes

I love both for different reasons and it just depends on my mood, what I’m making said cake for, who wants the cupcakes, etc. 

The best news is that you can turn the recipe into cupcakes and just like the title states, they are a DREAM.

A dream.

SO fluffy and flavorful, with a tender crumb. Absolutely delicious.

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

P.S. If you’ve made the pumpkin dream cake before, then you know that I don’t love my pumpkin overly spiced. Because of that, there is a minimal amount of spice in this recipe. Enough to taste it, but they aren’t overly spiced. If you love pumpkin spice, I advise adding more! 

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

The cupcakes themselves are so wonderful that they really don’t even need frosting. I mean, I’m not a huge frosting person, so that may be why I can say that. 

Unless it’s cream cheese frosting, which I would like to eat with a spoon. From a very large bowl.

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

I usually make a cinnamon cream cheese frosting for the sheet cake version, so I changed things up here. Using my espresso cream cheese frosting from my banana sheet cake was the best idea ever. So yes, these cupcakes are basically a mash up of those two delicious cake recipes that we all love so much.

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

Oh yes. It’s coffee cream cheese frosting. Tangy and rich and decadent with a hint of coffee in the best way possible. I use instant espresso powder and it works perfectly. In fact, I keep it on hand for this frosting alone. (more…)

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Baked Chicken Tenders

Do you have a few easy dinner recipes that you make over and over again? We sure do! A few of our favorites include: chicken penne pasta, taco salad, chickpea curry, taquitos and these Baked Chicken Tenders. Our boys request chicken tenders almost ever…

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24 Brilliant & Definitely Not Bitter Brussels Sprouts Recipes

We’re about to turn orange. And no, it’s not because we’re nervous or embarrassed; it’s not because we’re stressed about planning that gigantic meal for next week. It’s because we’re eating way too many sweet potatoes, squashes, pumpkins, and carrots.&…

We're about to turn orange. And no, it's not because we're nervous or embarrassed; it's not because we're stressed about planning that gigantic meal for next week. It's because we're eating way too many sweet potatoes, squashes, pumpkins, and carrots

It's time to get some green back in our lives; it's time to eat more brussels sprouts. And it's time to start thinking about the ones you'll serve on Thanksgiving. A basic Brussels sprouts recipe would likely call for arranging the greens on a sheet pan, sprouts cut side down, drizzling them with olive oil, and roasting them in the oven for 20 minutes to 30 minutes, or until they’re golden brown. Season the cooked Brussels sprouts with a little bit more salt and pepper, maybe some Parmesan cheese or red pepper flakes, and call it a day.

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How to Make Vegetable Stock

The other day, I was making vegetable stock with veggie odds and ends I’d accumulated throughout the week. As I stood in the kitchen, savoring the delicious aroma wafting from my stock pot, I realized that I had yet to share my method for how to …


The other day, I was making vegetable stock with veggie odds and ends I’d accumulated throughout the week. As I stood in the kitchen, savoring the delicious aroma wafting from my stock pot, I realized that I had yet to share my method for how to make vegetable broth on the blog. I have over 80(!!) soup recipes on here, and another soup season is right around the corner. Suffice it to say, this vegetable stock recipe is long overdue. I’m so excited to share it today because I believe that vegetable stock is something that everyone can and should […]

Honey Mustard Sauce

Did you know you can make Honey Mustard Sauce at home? Yep! You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes. The recipe is SUPER simple, made with ingredients you always have in your kitchen, and SO good! My kids LOVE this sauce. We always have it in the ref…

Did you know you can make Honey Mustard Sauce at home? Yep! You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes. The recipe is SUPER simple, made with ingredients you always have in your kitchen, and SO good! My kids LOVE this sauce. We always have it in the refrigerator because it is good on just…

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Classic Tomato Soup

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese…

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This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.

Tomato soup recipe

An essential every home cook needs? This classic Tomato Soup recipe! There’s nothing more homey than a big pot bubbling on the stove with its bright garlicky aroma. Add to that a browned, gooey grilled cheese from the griddle and well: it’s basic in all the right ways. Just a like a classic Caesar salad or avocado toast: a great tomato soup is not rocket science but always, always satisfying. This recipe is beyond easy to make and will please everyone in the family (even the picky ones).

Want more soups? Go to Top Healthy Soup Recipes.

What’s in this tomato soup recipe?

Tomato soup is like a good potato salad: everyone has their own family recipe. Here’s our own family favorite: it’s so quick and easy! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes: fire roasted if possible
  • Vegetable broth
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Optional ingredients: basil, heavy cream
Tomato Soup Recipe

Flavor secret: fire roasted canned tomatoes

The key to the flavor in this tomato soup recipe? Fire roasted tomatoes. This type of tomatoes is roasted over a flame before canning, which makes the flavor sweet and developed right out of the can. You can absolutely taste the difference versus a plain canned tomato, which can taste bitter. Plus, you can cook fire roasted tomatoes for less time since the flavor is good right away (always a plus!).

Where to find fire roasted tomatoes? They should be available at your local grocery store, offered by several brands. If you can’t find them, simply substitute the best quality canned tomatoes you can find. It really makes a difference in this tomato soup!

Tomato Soup

How to make tomato soup: basic steps

There are lots of ways to make a great tomato soup recipe: here’s our magic formula! The only chopping required is you’ll have to mince some fresh garlic. Other than that, most of the cooking process is just waiting for it to simmer. Here are the basic steps:

  • Step 1, Chop & sauté: Mince the garlic, then sauté in olive oil for 30 seconds.
  • Step 2, Simmer: Add the canned tomatoes, broth onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Step 3, Blend: Immersion blend or carefully blend the soup (optional).
  • Step 4, Add butter: Add butter and salt to taste. Voila!

Add-ins: fresh basil or heavy cream

Want to spice up your tomato soup recipe? Here are two simple things you can do to add massive flavor to this simple soup:

  • Add ½ cup chopped basil while simmering. This adds the best tomato basil flavor!
  • Add a drizzle of heavy cream to finish. This incorporates a delightful lightly sweet richness and warmth to the texture.

Want more variations? Scroll down for a few more ideas.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

This tomato soup recipe is fantastic paired with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich! Here’s how to take a regular grilled cheese and make it gourmet:

  • Use sourdough bread or an other artisan loaf.
  • Spread mayo on the outside of the bread instead of butter. It adds great savory flavor!
  • Use a combo of shredded smoked gouda and cheddar cheese. The smoked gouda really takes it to gourmet status!
  • Add jam or a sliced apple inside. The sweet and savory combo makes it! Try it with tomato, fig or apricot jam, or a thinly slice apple or pear.
Tomato Soup Recipe

Sides to serve with tomato soup (grilled cheese and more!)

Of course, no tomato soup recipe is complete without a toasty grilled cheese on the side! But we’ve got a few more ideas to complete the meal as well. Here are a few of our top sides to serve with tomato soup:

  1. Grilled cheese: Try an avocado grilled cheese or spinach artichoke grilled cheese.
  2. Bread: Grab an artisan bread loaf.
  3. Crackers & cheese: Opt for homemade crackers or almond crackers.
  4. Salad: Try goat cheese apple salad, spinach salad, kale salad, or chopped salad.
  5. Muffins: Try classic corn muffins.

Variations: more tomato soup recipes

Want more flavor variations? This one is our classic, but here are our top tomato soup recipes to make on a regular basis:

This tomato soup recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Tomato soup recipe

Classic Tomato Soup Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can and 1 15-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped fresh basil, 1 splash heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil to medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until light brown and fragrant. Stir in both cans of tomatoes, vegetable broth, garlic powder, onion powder, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and basil (if using). Bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes until slightly thickened and the tomato flavor mellows. Then immersion blend the soup or carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth (this step makes it creamier; you can skip this step if you’re ok with the texture as is).
  3. Stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons salted butter. For a richer soup, you can also stir in a splash of heavy cream.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Tomato soup recipe

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats is a healthy plant-based breakfast made with my homemade pumpkin butter, oat milk, chia and spices, refrigerated overnight and topped with banana and nuts/seeds. No cooking required! Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats I’ve been eating overnight oats in a jar for years, it’s perfect to make the night before and eat on […]

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats is a healthy plant-based breakfast made with my homemade pumpkin butter, oat milk, chia and spices, refrigerated overnight and topped with banana and nuts/seeds. No cooking required!

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

I’ve been eating overnight oats in a jar for years, it’s perfect to make the night before and eat on a busy weekday or even to bring to work. A few weeks ago someone emailed me about making a pumpkin version. So I thought it would be perfect for the Fall.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

I love ranch dressing. There, I said it. As a kid, I adored Hidden Valley, but as an adult, I only get excited about made-from-scratch, real-deal ranch…

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ranch dressing recipe

I love ranch dressing. There, I said it. As a kid, I adored Hidden Valley, but as an adult, I only get excited about made-from-scratch, real-deal ranch dressing. This recipe is exactly that.

Earlier this year, as I navigated my first trimester, I found myself craving my favorite comfort foods. Naturally, I made my own ranch dressing and happily drizzled it over my salads, and my pizzas, and even my quesadillas (why not?).

ranch dressing ingredients

This ranch dressing recipe is the end result of my experimentation. It features fresh herbs, real buttermilk, and a creamy sour cream base. It tastes gourmet, and it’s certainly not too heavy. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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