In the days after Thanksgiving's excesses, I find myself craving the sweet simplicity of apple cider. Good apple cider is tart and spicy, with a texture reminiscent not just of the apple but also of the branch it grew on, the tree, the soil, a chilly breeze.
Frozen into a solid block and then scraped with a spoon, it becomes snowy and light, the flavor of the fall with the texture of winter. Spiked with smooth, oaky dark rum and freshly grated ginger and topped with honey, the composed dessert is a study in autumnal contrast: sweet and tart, crunchy and smooth, icy and warming.
- Yield:1 quart
- Active time: 10 minutes
- Total time:4 hours
- 2 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup dark rum
- Garnish: honey
In a deep, freezer-proof container (like a mixing bowl or bread loaf pan) mix the cider, sugar, lemon juice and ginger until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rum, and place in the freezer until frozen solid, about 5 hours.
Using a metal spoon, scrape the block so it shaves off in snowy piles. Garnish with honey and enjoy!