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.

Celebrate Father’s Day with Hickory Farms Gift Baskets

On Father’s Day, it’s time to fire up the grill and raise a toast to the men who have made a difference in our lives. To really thank your dad for all that he has done, you want to give him a gift that he will treasure. For the dad with refined tastes, treat him to the high-quality ingredients and bold flavors of these Hickory Farms Father’s Day gifts.

Make it a real party

Fresh from the farm, the Toast the Traditions basket is overflowing with a delicious assortment. Healthy dads will love that the basket comes with fresh fruit, including Red D’Anjou Pears, as well as our Mixed Nuts and Roasted Salted Pistachios. For the perfect pairing, slice up the creamy and delicious Farmhouse Cheddar or Smoked Cheddar Blend and pour a glass of the La Crema Chardonnay. To satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth, he will be thrilled with the Chocolate Covered Cashews.

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Give the gift of variety

If your dad loves to entertain, the Hickory Farms Warm & Hearty Welcome Gift Box is the perfect choice. Full of some of our most popular items, this gift box features everything you need for a delicious snack platter.

Meat lovers will rejoice at the assortment of sausages, including our Signature Beef Summer Sausage and our deliciously sweet Brown Sugar & Honey Turkey Summer Sausage. For the cheese fans, you will find our Smoked Cheddar Blend, our Three Cheese and Onion Blend, and our Farmhouse Cheddar. Combine these with our crackers and mustards, and you have made any dad’s dream snack.

Go for sophisticated

For dads that enjoy the finer things in life, you can’t go wrong with the Signature Gift Box with Red Wine. This classic assortment includes our Summer Sausage, three of our most popular cheeses, and the vibrant fruit notes of the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon.

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With so many different options to choose from, Hickory Farms has the perfect gift box to please every dad. Be sure to order soon to give your dad a Father’s Day gift to remember.