The Dish | Thyme-Apple Cider Spritz & Autumn Snack Mix

This year our holidays will probably be smaller in number and tailored to recommended precautions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be festive and celebrate! Even a modest gathering deserves a celebratory libation, and this Thyme-Apple Cider Spritz captures fall flavors while savory Autumn Snack Mix makes a terrific accompaniment. Compulsively snack-able, the mix is easy to make ahead — and ideal to serve to a small, socially-distanced group as everyone gets their own dish.

INGREDIENTS | Cider Spritz

Makes 4 cocktails (can also be made as a mocktail)

For the Thyme Syrup:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 8 sprigs of thyme

For the Thyme Apple Cider Spritz:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 ½ cups dark rum (remove if making a mocktail)
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp Angostura bitters
  • Club Soda
  • 8 sprigs of thyme
  • 8 lime slices

DIRECTIONS | Cider Spritz

  • Bring the equal amounts of sugar and water to boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat, add thyme sprigs, and cover. Let stand 10 minutes. The strain into a small jar and cool completely.
  • Mix thyme syrup, apple cider, rum (if using), lime juice and bitters in a large pitcher. Divide among glasses filled with ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with thyme sprigs and lime slices. Cheers!!!!

Courtesy of Gaby Dalkin


INGREDIENTS | Snack Mix

  • 2 tsp chives, dried
  • 1 tsp dill, dried
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp parsley dried
  • 3 cups Cheez-its and gold fish mixed
  • 3 cups pretzels salted mini-twists
  • 2 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • Feel free to add any nuts if you would like
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 6 Tbsp butter salted, and melted

DIRECTIONS | Snack Mix

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, Worcestershire, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, parsley, chives, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Add the pretzels, cheese crackers, and Chex, tossing well for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is evenly coated. Spread the mix evenly over a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake 30-35 minutes. Toss 1-2 times throughout cooking.

Serve or store in an airtight container for 1 week.

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