November 17, 2014 26

Earl Grey Cider Cocktails + scenes from the autumn jersey shore!

Earl Grey Cider Cocktails | @withfoodandlove

For the past 10 months, I’ve been living in a perpetual state of uncertainty. Since the day my husband told me he was changing careers and going back to school {which ultimately means us leaving Philadelphia} my head has been spinning in a constant loop of equal parts excitement, anxiety and unknowns. The loop, pretty much it sounds like this…

Moving is fun. Moving is exciting! But…when will we move? Where will we move? When will we find out when we’re leaving? And when that comes, will I want to go? Will I be happy? Will I be scared? How will my relationship{s} change? Will my husband be working more? Will I see my husband less? Will I see my family less? Will I be lonely?

A n n n n d . . . repeat.

I am trying to be patient. I am trying to stay flexible. I’m trying to keep positive, radiate good vibes and manifest our destiny of good health + good fortune. I remind myself daily that good things come to those who wait. And, to those who work hard. Two things my husband and I have gotten a lot of practice with in 2014. Nonetheless, patience and flexibility, don’t come so easy for me. It’s just not the way I’m wired.

Sea Isle City, New Jersey | @withfoodandlove

Sea Isle City, New Jersey | @withfoodandlove

Sea Isle City, New Jersey | @withfoodandlove

Earl Grey Cider Cocktails | @withfoodandlove

A few weekends ago, in the midst of all our uncertainties and unknowns, we escaped the city to clear our minds and headed down the shore. Over the past 5 years I have been blessed to work as a nanny for these two beautiful souls. And fortunately for them and me {yay!} they have a beach house in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. So Chris and I go a few times a year, usually in the off-season, which in our opinion, is the best time to go. Because that means less people, less traffic, less chaos. And more room to just be, breathe, sit. No crowded beaches or intersections or bars. Just the locals, one restaurant, one pub and one place to grab a cup of coffee. You know, the essentials.

But you must know, after my first trip down the shore I swore I wouldn’t go back. It’s unruly quirks and disorderly sense of style – I just didn’t get it. Sure the ocean was beautiful, but its unkempt characters turned me off. Maybe because my heart belongs on the Cape. Or maybe because I didn’t grow up in Philly or NJ and I didn’t feel connected to it. But over time, and with each visit the Jersey shore captured my heart. And I will miss it when I’m gone.

So as life sits currently, all things are still very uncertain. But one thing I’m real certain of, is my love for this cider cocktail. It is comfy and cozy and embodies all things fall. Infused with earl grey + boozed up with SNAP from my friends over at Art in the Age. SNAP is the most perfect fall/winter spirit, made with hearty blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger. This time of year I kind of want to put it in all the things, like this pie.

Art in the Age spirits are pretty major – and I’m lucky to live in Philly and be connected to them and their brick and mortar store, which is located just a few blocks from my house. Some of my previous recipes for AITA include these RHUBARB roasted plums and these blackberry jam cocktails. Recipes for ROOT, my favorite winter spirit are on deck, so keep an eye out for that.

Click here to see where AITA is sold near you.

Okay, one last thing. I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate to Glass Dharma a glass straw company rooted right here in the USA and dedicated to reducing waste in our landfills and oceans. I own the little shorty, perfect for cocktails and also the beautiful bendy straw, perfect for smoothies!!

To enter the giveaway, head over to Glass Dharma, check out the glass straws they have for purchase and then leave me a comment letting me know which ones you’d buy with your $25 gift certificate. Contest closes on November, 24th at noon EST. Winner will be selected at random and notified by email shortly thereafter.

Earl Grey Cider Cocktails | @withfoodandlove

Earl Grey Cider Cocktails | @withfoodandlove

Earl Grey Cider Cocktails | @withfoodandlove

Earl Grey Cider Cocktails {print me!}

Notes: makes four drinks, and although warm cocktails aren’t really my thing, I imagine this would make a really delicious warm bev – just skip the ice, and keep the tea and cider warm.


  • 4 ounces Art in the Age SNAP or your favorite bourbon
  • 1 cup of super, super strong earl grey tea, chilled
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • lemon twists to garnish
  • lots of ice

Fill a 4 glasses with ice and dump that ice into your cocktail shaker. Then pour in the booze, earl grey tea, lemon juice and shake vigorously.

Divide the cocktail {including the ice} into the four glasses, and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Enjoy responsibly!

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This post is in partnership with Art in the Age and Glass Dharma; all opinions are my own.

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26 Responses to "Earl Grey Cider Cocktails + scenes from the autumn jersey shore!"

  1. Reply

    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    November 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Yum!! I love Earl Grey Tea…but whiskey takes it over the top for sure!

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    November 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I would totally buy the bubble tea straw, love bubble tea drinks!!!

    And I made your Earl Grey Whiskey Cider as a hot drink when I was feeling a tad under the weather last year…it was yummy! Still can’t decide if I like it better hot or cold.

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    November 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    ooooooh I’d definitely go for the simple elegance 8 and 9″ lengths. Probably the ice tea ones. and man…… cider and earl grey tea are two of my fave things. I’ve got to give this recipe a try!

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    Yi Leng

    November 18, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    I would definitely buy the simple elegance one – eight and nine inch length !

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    November 18, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    LOVE those glass traws (probably a tad more economical that my paper straw habit!). I know the feeling of uncertainty, but in the end, it’s for the best! I know it’s hard to not know what’s going to happen, but that’s half the fun, right?! : )

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    November 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I have Root and Sage, now I NEED Snap!! I guess I’ll have to make a trip to the US in the near future. :) These look amazing!

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      November 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      YES!! You definitely need a SNAP. Maybe one day I can bring it to you.

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    November 18, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I would go for the beautiful bends straws – both!

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    Tracey Lane

    November 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Love the shorties! No more cutting straws in half! And so excited to discover a yummy recipe for SNAP! Probably going to make it for Thanksgiving! Thank you. Hope I win!

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    David @ Spiced

    November 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    I would totally go for the ‘Sipper’…I’ve actually been looking for glass drink stirrers, and I think these straws could double up as stirrers!

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    November 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I’d buy the straws with the decorative dots (green and blue).Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    November 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I would so love the smoothie and bubble straws + the bendy ice tea. Perfect set for everything!

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    Nancy T

    November 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    mmm…I’d get the bendies if they were available with decorative dots, but since they’re not: four ice tea with dots in blue, black, clear and red. And a bottle of SNAP to experiment with!

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    allison longenbaugh

    November 19, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    I would buy some SNAP or SAGE but I’d have to special order it because it’s not easy to find in Naperville, IL. Thanks for blogging about this!

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      November 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Hey Allison – you can use this spirit locator to see where it’s sold near you:

      It’s actually in a few stores nearby, yes I checked – lol, I was curious. Good luck on your quest, they are worth the search!! xo sherrie

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    Anna Blawas

    November 19, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Definitely the “dots”. Call me practical, but I like that they don’t roll! …….and thanks for the cocktail…….can’t wait to try……

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      November 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Ohh how clever, I never even thought about the ‘no roll’ feature!!

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    Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen

    November 20, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    So in love with this cocktail! I had one of the best cocktails ever in Spain last week, mint julep, and now I’m all over everything that’s made with bourbon or whiskey.

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      November 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Mmmm mint julep are the best!!

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    November 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Drink looks amazing! Will have to make some with my sis whose boyfriend is a whiskey NUT!! Might have to make it with TX whiskey (amazing whiskey)…gotta give them some local love. ;) I would get the beautiful bend smoothie and decorative dots bubble tea straws!! Yeay for USA made glass straws and reducing waste!!

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    November 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I use a straw every single morning and would love to win these! The beautiful bends look great. :)

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    Karin Sorensen

    November 23, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    The beautiful bends! Your drink looks amazing. Many blessings through your changes.

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      November 24, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Thanks for your words Karin!! xo

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    November 23, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Earl Grey is my favorite…so in a cocktail, I bet it’s to die for. Thinking of making it for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

    And I love the glass straws! I’d prefer the simple elegance and the bendy straw, probably in ice tea and smoothie diameters.

    Thanks :-)

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    Christine // my natural kitchen

    November 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    I’d choose the bendy straw for smoothies – I love glass straws! I was thinking they’d also make for perfect stocking stuffers for my sisters as we’re a big smoothie-loving family :) Your cocktail sounds so perfect for these chilly days. I have been wanting to try the Art in the Age liquors for so long but I’ve never seen them in Canada! they always seem to have such interesting flavours!

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      November 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      It stinks you can’t find it Cananda — I have a few Canadian friends who are always griping about the same thing. Hopefully it’ll reach you guys soon!! xo sherrie

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