Monday, November 29, 2010

The Cider Float

So after a long weekend of slaving in the kitchen, immediately followed by total gluttony, the last thing you want to do is spend another minute rolling out pie crust and making another sweet, fatty, yet satisfying dessert. 

But this is the lazy person's most awesome dessert EVER. That's my official nickname for my cider float.

I started making this dessert in college, when I was dorming in Manhattan and spent just as much time making an appearance at the next big party as I did cooking. I'm not quite sure how I balanced all that and schoolwork, in hindsight, but my floormates didn't call our communal kitchen "Mama Teresa's" for nothing. I wanted the Ramen equivalent of dessert- of course, if you knew me in college, my ramen was never just boiled noodles and a god-awful "flavor" packet- but I didn't want something that came out of a box or could survive a nuclear war. (a` la Twinkie urban legend) I loved hot apple cider in the winter, and when I found cinnamon ice cream at Totonno's, my fave local pizza spot at the time, I knew I had a winning combination, like Santa and Rudolph! Or Charlie Sheen in a hotel room full of porn stars. Either way :)

Fast forward to 2010- I still love making these simple "cider floats", especially since I've discovered Purely Decadent's vegan snickerdoodle ice cream. With generous chunks of frozen snickerdoodle cookie dough, I can't stop raving about it... or consuming it, for that matter. You can always use your favorite version of cinnamon ice cream- I bet ginger ice cream would also work really well in this- but now that there's a vegan version of my favorite ice cream, I can feel even better about making this for myself and for my guests!

The Whats:

* 2 mugs of fresh apple cider
* 2 generous scoops of cinnamon ice cream
* 2 cinnamon sticks

The Hows:

1) Place one cinnamon stick in each mug of cider. Heat apple cider in the microwave, a little over a minute each, until hot. Add one scoop of your favorite cinnamon ice cream to each mug. Allow a minute for ice cream to melt slightly and serve hot.

If you really want more of the ice cream float effect, you can add a shot of ginger or cranberry soda to the cider before heating it up.

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