Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner Part 1

carolina apple sidecar

This week, I’ve got some real treats coming up on the think fruitful blog! I’m taking a part in a progressive Blogsgiving Dinner that is going to give you so many Thanksgiving and Christmas food ideas it’s not even funny.

I’ve joined with a team of other bloggers to showcase special holiday-inspired recipes all this week!

So get ready for a full week of comforting, tasty recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes and more!

carolina apple sidecar

Today, we’re starting off the week with one of my own concoctions that I’m really excited about.

It’s a Carolina Apple Sidecar, and it’s a perfectly refreshing but seasonal drink to serve before or after your holiday meals.


This drink is also pretty special because it features apple brandy that’s made right here in NC at the Carolina Distillery in Lenoir! If you live in NC, you can buy it at your local ABC store.


We mix that with some apple cider (Trader Joe’s honeycrisp cider is a good one), lemon juice and a splash of fun bitters (if you have them), shake it up and you’re ready to entertain!

There aren’t too many components to this drink, and I bet if you heated it up with a few cinnamon sticks, you would have a warm and tasty hot toddy to share with your guests.


Learn more about Blogsgiving and check out all of the other drink/appetizer posts below!

Blogsgiving Dinner 2014

About Blogsgiving

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community is all about these things as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n’ Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. There are 20 awesome blogs sharing 52 recipes

The idea is based on the old-fashioned progressive dinner party, in which you’d eat each course at a different guest’s home. Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal.

Today’s courses include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and soup.


Bourbon Cranberry Lemonade Fizz from bethcakes

Krupnikas Ginger from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.



Cured Meat Platter from Wit Wisdom and Food

Baked Camembert with Cranberry Walnut Crust from Cake ‘n’ Knife

Ginger Cran Apple Chutney from Love & Flour

Brandied Grapes with Cheese from Glamour Girl Gourmet

Shrimp Sweet Potato Mousseline from Home at Six

Cranberry Goat Cheese and Butternut Squash Crostini from The Wetherills Say I Do

Maple Pecan Baked Brie from My Cooking Spot

Sassy Salmon Dip from Betty Becca

Baked Brie with Cranberry Chutney from The Speckled Palate

Butternut Squash Crostini from Chez CateyLou

Gluten Free Holiday Cheese Board from Twin Stripe



Butternut Squash Soup with Cornbread Croutons from Club Narwhal

Creamy Wild Rice Soup from Hello Little Home

Pumpkin Soup with Bacon Roasted Chickpeas from Feast + West

Look around, make some new blog friends, save some recipes and see you back here on Wednesday for another special Blogsgiving recipe!

carolina apple sidecar recipe

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14 thoughts on “Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner Part 1

    1. Thanks and Happy Blogsgiving to you, too! It’s so fun discovering all these recipes and new blog friends.

    1. Wow! Homemade apple brandy- I’m impressed. I bet that spiced flavor will make this sidecar even better!

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