Make a Cyser to Enjoy this Fall

If autumn brings thoughts of mulled cider to mind, you might just love this best-kept-secret of a beverage. Cyser is a cross between hard apple cider and mead. It’s really easy to make with a few supplies and simple ingredients.

I like the way Viking Alchemist describes cyser

A cyser is a mead which has been fermented with apple juices rather than water, created a unique drink that is both sweeter and tarter. It’s common to add other ingredients to flavor the cyser like autumn fruits or spices. If you like a cider, but find it’s too “apple-y” you might really enjoy a cyser. It is milder, smoother and takes the tart bite out of the drink.

Below is a simple recipe that will yield a tasty beverage in just a few weeks.

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DIY Kitchen Cabinet/Pantry with Shelves

There’s a little nook in our kitchen with upper cabinets that used to have a washer and dryer below. Our laundry machines are in the basement, so there is a lot of wasted space in this little area of the kitchen. I considered buying a freestanding pantry that sort of looked like my cabinets. Here are a few of the contenders:

The vertical ribbing in the doors is similar to that of my kitchen cabinets, which are also white. But besides the not-ideal price tag, I couldn’t buy one with a height I wanted because these two pantries have been out of stock. But I had an epiphany while making my entry hall tree. The homemade wood shelf that moved to Virginia with us from New Jersey (and used to be our storage in the mudroom) was suddenly homeless and happened to be the perfect size to repurpose into a pantry.

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