This Spiced Cider Toddy post was sponsored by Libbey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. #CelebrateThis
Show of hands: Who’s busy this week? Yeah, I feel ya. But no matter how much life tends to spin out of control around the holidays, it’s just so, so important to remember that we’re doing all of this planning and shopping and baking and shopping so that we can celebrate. With friends and family. Together. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Well, that and a great drink or two.
Just being honest. 😉
But really, we take care to make sure every detail is just right for everyone, so don’t forget about those moments that make you happy this season. For me, that’s sharing great food and cocktails with my family and friends in my home. This year, my brother will be back for an extended visit, and we’re finally recovering from our basement flood so our bar is *almost* back in action! So I’ll definitely be raising a glass to celebrate everything and everyone I’m so blessed to have, and those moments will be even more special with the exquisite new stemware Libbey sent our way!
Libbey Perfect Signature Stemware Collection
I’ll admit, most of my stemware collection has always consisted of the free glasses you get when you go on a wine tour. But WOW, what a difference when you hold some real glassware in your hand! Libbey is the top glassware manufacturer in the Americas and one of the largest tableware suppliers in the world, and they believe that every occasion – big or small – is cause for celebration. I’ll definitely toast to that! And Libbey’s Finest Stemware is made in America, yet another reason to love them.
The Perfect Signature Collection is available at BedBathandBeyond.com and select in-store locations. (Scroll down to see how you can save 30%!)
Since I’m currently in love with my brandy glasses, you know I had to go out and buy a great bottle of brandy and start mixing. What I came up features some of my favorite seasonal ingredients with a brandy base, and it’s definitely appropriate for any fall or winter celebration. From Friendsgiving to New Year’s Eve…or even just a quiet night at home in front of the fire!
Warm Spiced Cider Toddy
E&J describes their XO brandy as “sweet vanilla, creamy toffee, brown sugar, and soft maple characteristics with hints of toasted oak. Notes of lavender and hibiscus entice the nose, with complementary flavors of dried pears and figs.” I always love hearing descriptions like that, because it means someone really took the time to slow down and deliberately taste and notice each note. A rare moment of mindfulness that we don’t allow ourselves often, don’t you think?
Kind of how I feel about choosing the perfect Libbey brandy glass. I don’t drink much because I’m a total lightweight, but I do love to nurse a good cocktail when I get the chance. That’s why the details matter, like top notch stemware and good company to enjoy it with.
Another detail: the rim. Maple-y sweet with apple pie spice – it’s like the cherry on top, only a little more grown up.
- 1 ounce E&J XO Brandy
- 3 ounces warm spiced apple cider
- ½ ounce maple syrup, heated
- 1 spritz lemon juice
- maple syrup and apple pie spice mixed with sugar, for rim
- 1 cinnamon stick, apple slice or star anise.
- Mix first 3 ingredients in a shaker until well blended. Dip rim of glass in maple syrup, then dip in apple spice sugar. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slice or star anise.
Save 30% on a future Libbey purchase!
• Go in-store to Bed Bath & Beyond and purchase any glassware set from the Libbey Perfect Signature Collection.
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Libbey Perfect Signature Collection makes a great hostess gift for all those parties you’re about to attend, and it also makes a great gift for yourself. Visit the Bed Bath & Beyond Store Locator to find Libbey Perfect Signature near you.
What’s your favorite holiday cocktail?