Apple Cider 8 Ways

Move over pumpkin spice, from clever to classic apple cider is making an entrance this autumn at Bay Meadows and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat for the kids, creative cocktail for a fall party or new sip to serve up, apple cider is making waves. Find freshly picked apples at Farmers Market Bay Meadows on Sundays, and be sure to attend the Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday October 14th, where fresh apple cider will be served to all! Dig into these recipes to use apple cider to celebrate apple season:

Apple Cider Coffee Cake. The crumb layer is rich and buttery with a hint of cinnamon. A sweet glaze is drizzled over the top to finish it off. Cut a big slice and grab a mug of hot cider. Cheers!

Have you tried the apple cider from Hidden Star Orchards?

Make a family outing of it! Venture along the Peninsula to Gizdich RanchLive Earth Farm or Clearview Orchards in Watsonville or head to Swanton Pacific Ranch at the Old School House in Davenport. U-Pick It. Apples, pears, persimmons and more! Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch in Sebastopol is open September through October for U-pick season! Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch offers Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, and Rome apples. Don’t forget to purchase fresh apple juice to take home and spice up yourself!  Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol offers a wide variety of fruit to pick during fall from raspberries, flowers, apples, tomatoes, pumpkins, persimmons, pineapple guava and more! Visit the availability calendar for fresh treats from tree or vine. Our friends at Hidden Star Orchards also have a variety of Apple Based products. Learn more here.

Mulled Cider. No fall party at Bay Meadows would be complete without this warm, spicy classic, laced with maple syrup. In this go-to recipe, the sweetness of syrup balanced with kicky peppercorns brings autumn into your mug.

Harvest Mimosas. Now this will get you into the holiday spirit. Whether you’re toasting to autumn or obsessed with apple cider, these mimosas are insanely delish. Invite neighbors in to warm your new home!

Apple Cider Floats. Topped with whipped cream, drizzled with caramel and garnished with apple slices and cinnamon stick, you’ll want to float away with these apple cider floats!

Apple Butter. If you’re planning on doing some apple picking along the SF Peninsula this Fall then making apple butter is a must! This handy recipe is all made in the slow cooker and will leave your house smelling amazing!

Warm Vanilla Cider. Topped with whipped cream and honeyed walnuts, and you can check off dessert. Leave out the bourbon and the kids will love it.

Cider Slushies. Cinnamon-sugar mini donut garnish optional, but highly encouraged.

Apple Doughnuts. Use your apple cider to whip up a batch of these delicious apple cider doughnuts. Share a batch with friends and family who appreciate a hot, fresh apple cider treat.

Sipping a warm apple cider and nibbling fresh baked apple doughnuts are the perfect pair to bring along as you explore Bay Meadows’ 18 acres of open space. Happy fall!

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