Apple Cider Kentucky Mules

Apple Cider Kentucky Mule Recipe _ Natalie ParamoreI’ve really been loving hosting happy hours at my house lately! Don’t get me wrong I love checking out the new happy hours at restaurants and bars all around town but there’s something I’ve been enjoying about having people over to the house. Everyone seems to relax a little bit more and stick around a little while longer which is what I love! Since it’s fall and I just can’t seem to get enough of this season, I made these Apple Cider Kentucky Mules for a happy hour this week. They are just like Moscow Mules but instead of vodka, I used whiskey. Vodka would of course work in this recipe and they are great sans alcohol for a virgin cocktail which was great for my girlfriend who is pregnant– a mom mule if you will!

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Spiced Apple Cider Old Fashioned

Apple Cider Old Fashioned by Natalie Paramore

Happy almost Thanksgiving! It’s the most dysfunctional time of year! Hahah we have a sign that says that in the restaurant that I work at and it couldn’t be more fitting. It literally made me laugh out loud the first time I saw it, so I had to share. Between the travel, good tasting but not necessarily good for you food and crazy families, I think it is about time for a cocktail, what do you say? Earlier this fall I had the opportunity to go attend a whiskey and moonshine tasting from an old local Austinite turned Asheville, NC resident Troy Ball. She is as interesting as she is beautiful and has such a captivating story. She went from being a full-time mom for two special needs sons to being a whiskey maker, how cool is that? I love that her story is all about family making sacrifices but still going after her dreams of doing something creative and special in her life. Plus, it just goes to show that it is never too late to follow your dreams and she did it all and had a family too. So inspiring for many young people who are trying to figure it all out and find some balance in between.

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