Friday, August 12, 2005

Mount Vernon Mulled Apple Cider

During the holidays, we often buy bottles of Martinelli's non-alcoholic cider. The kids love it, and it makes catherings so much more special. Earlier in the year, my wife and the boys went to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. There at the store they spied a bottle of Mount Vernon brand apple cider. I was skeptical, but I picked up a bottle to molify my crew while I bought expensive cobalt blue wine buckets.

According to the folks at Mount Vernon, "Cider was a popular and festive beverage in the 18th century, enjoyed often by George Washington and his many guests who visited the Mount Vernon estate. The Washington family purchased cider in remarkably large quantities. In 1774, shortly before the Revolutionary War, records reveal that no less than 477 gallons were ordered! Washington also made his own cider, probably at River Farm, one of the five adjacent farms which formed the Mount Vernon estate. This Mount Vernon private label cider sports a cheerful red foil top on a green bottle."

We filed it in the refrigerator, and left it there, awaiting it's unveiling. Recently, we opened the bottle to an extraordinary surprise. It's a wonderful, lightly mulled cider. It's not overly sweet. It's not to heavilly mulled. I am sure it would taste cold or warm. And it was excellent.

I heartilly recommend this non-alcoholic cider as a wonderful treat during the waning days of summer, and of course, as a fabulous accompaniment for the coming fall and winter seasons. The nice thing is you can order it and they can ship acoss state lines without an appeal to the Federal government.

If you go visit Mount Vernon, treat your self to this delicious bit of history. And raise a glass or two to old George and Martha.

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