Deliciously Cold Spiked Apple Cider with Granny Smith Apples

Although apple cider is traditionally associated with a chilly autumn evening, with the right recipe, it can also make a fantastic summer treat. Grab some of our delicious Granny Smith apples from the Hickory Farms Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box, and whip up this refreshing summer cider cocktail.

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The Gift Box

With so many delicious varieties of fruit, including Navel Oranges, Bartlett Green Pears, Kiwi Fruit, Mango, and more, every fruit lover will savor this gift box. While the crisp and juicy fruit tastes great on its own, the vibrant flavors will also add something special to any recipe. Chop up the fruit and serve it with Greek yogurt, toss it with mint for a sweet salad, or invent your very own unique recipes by using these amazing ingredients as inspiration.

The Drink

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Now that you have found the perfect apples, it is time to whip up your refreshing cider cocktail. If possible, try to find a spiced cider from a local farm or orchard. Then, pour the cider into a pitcher with ice and stir the cider well so that it gets nice and cold. For a little kick, pour in some dark rum. If you like it a little spicy, you can also mix in a bit of cinnamon schnapps.

Now that you have the cocktail assembled, put it in the refrigerator to chill further while you prepare the garnish. Simply chop your Granny Smith apple into bite sized pieces and toss them with lemon juice to prevent the apples from browning. Using a decorative skewer, place about four pieces of apple on each skewer. Now all you have to do is pour your cocktail into a highball glass, garnish with the apple skewer, and let the fun begin.

With this cold and refreshing cocktail paired with our fresh Granny Smith apples, you can enjoy the delicious flavors of apple cider all year long. Fill your home with a fantastic assortment of fresh fruits with the Hickory Farms Very Special Fruit Gift Box.

Hickory Farms Favorite Recipes from Our Associates

Here at Hickory Farms, we love coming up with new recipes using our fantastic ingredients. Now, we would like to share some of the best meals we have developed with you. Try out our delicious dishes at your home with these Hickory Farms favorite recipes.

Ham and Smoked Cheddar Panini

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Our Social Media Specialist, Alana, came up with this sweet and savory sandwich that combines classic flavors in a whole new way. Starting with two slices of crusty French bread, add a nice coat of our tangy Sweet Hot Mustard. Then, top the bread with our HoneyGold Ham, arugula, and our Smoked Cheddar Blend. Finish by placing the sandwich in a press until the cheese melts.

Grandma’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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There’s no dish quite as comforting as good macaroni and cheese. This creamy and decadent version comes from our Brand Marketing Manager, Maria.

Start by cooking the macaroni until it is al dente. In a separate pot, combine evaporated milk with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then, add in two eggs and a couple sticks of butter. Finish the sauce with our shredded Farmhouse Cheddar and Mission Jack Blend, along with Velveeta and hot pepper cheese spread. Layer the macaroni and noodles into a casserole dish, top with more cheese and evaporated milk, and bake.

Steak with Sweet Hot Mustard Wine Sauce

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This rich sauce from Jeremy, our Director of Technical Operations, is so decadent, you won’t believe how easy it is to make.

Generously salt and pepper our Pfaelzer Brothers New York Strip Steaks before searing them in a hot pan. Once the steaks have a nice color, add a pat of butter and place them in the oven.

For the sauce, brown chopped shallots and mushrooms in butter before deglazing the pan with a red wine from our gift baskets. Allow the wine to reduce, then add our Sweet Hot Mustard and a bit of butter.

Our associates have developed some great recipes for you to sample. Whether you use their recipes or create your own, Hickory Farms’ high-quality ingredients offer tons of possibilities.

Succulent Grilled Lobster Tail Recipes for the Grill

With a subtle sweetness and rich flavor, no matter how you cook it, lobster is always delicious, but you can’t go wrong by adding a little smokiness on the grill. Experience lobster in a whole new way with our Pfaelzer Brothers Premium Lobster Tails and these keys to great grilled lobster.

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Getting Ready for Grilling

The first step is making sure that your lobster tail is properly prepared for the grill. First, lay the tail shell-side up on a cutting board. Then, using a sharp knife, slice down the center of the lobster shell, taking care not to cut all the way through the meat. Finish by folding the shell back at the slice, exposing the delicious meat inside.

Once your lobster is ready, add your own personal touch with these lobster tail recipes for the grill.

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Accentuate the Lobster Flavor

Let the lobster speak for itself, and keep it simple with a marinade of olive oil, chives, garlic, and salt and pepper.

Lobster also works wonderfully with fruity flavors. For a unique sauce, make one out of nectarines and limes by pureeing the fruit and lime juice together with olive oil, salt, and a bit of habanero pepper.

Add Some Heat

If you are craving a little taste of the islands, you will love a jerk version of your lobster. To make your own spicy jerk sauce, start by sauteeing garlic, ginger, a scotch bonnet pepper, and scallions. Then, add some Caribbean spice with allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. For extra depth of flavor, finish with chicken stock, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Spoon the sauce over the lobster while grilling and serve with coconut rice.

For an upscale twist on classic pub food, try lobster nachos. After grilling your lobster, roughly chop the meat. Then layer the lobster onto tortilla chips with salsa and our Farmhouse Cheddar. Finish the nachos by melting the cheese under a broiler.

No matter how you top it, grilled lobster is a truly special treat. Make a decadent meal in no time by ordering our Caribbean Premium Lobster Tails from Pfaelzer Brothers.