Toasting Hurricane Irene

We flooded during Hurricane Irene, forcing us to clear out and demolish our entire basement. In addition to office supplies, suitcases, and tchotchkes, upstairs came our liquor inventory — close to 30 years of accumulated remnants of bottles from parties long forgotten. Should we toss them, combine them, do nothing? Here’s our solution. Weekend nights are cocktail nights, where we take turns choosing and serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. One drink per person of a vintage or modern cocktail, plus a compatible snack. Enjoy! All recipes serve two people.

1. Caipirinha — 4 ounces cachaca, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 muddled lime, ice Olives, smoked gouda, pita chips

2.Hot spiked apple cider — 2 cups Stuart Orchards (Granite Springs, NY) cider, 3 ounces dark rum, 1/4 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, simmered in a saucepan Parmigiano reggiano frico (cheese crisp), Stayman Winesap apple slices

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