Photo by Annaliese Bischoff
Provenance of Dish
This is an odd tall drink I invented with my local trees as inspiration. I live by a birch-hemlock forest, where chaga and reishi grow abundantly. Varietal apple orchards dot nearby hills. And our roads are lined with sugar maples; the sap runs wild in late winter. This earthy-tasting drink celebrates the local harvest of all of these. For a virgin version, replace the brandy with equal parts of tea and cider. Cheers.
8 oz. reishi and chaga brewed tea (made with pinch of nutmeg and 1 cinnamon stick)
2 tbls. Maple syrup, to taste
8 oz. apple cider
2 oz (or 3oz.) Calvados, depending upon the strength of spike you like
2-4 reishi and chaga ice cubes
Two apple wheels for garnish (MacIntosh is always good)
In each tall glass, pour 4 oz. of spiced reishi-chaga tea.
Stir in @ 1 tbl. of maple syrup, more or less to your desired sweetness, to each.
Pour in 4 oz. of cider to each.
Stir in the desired shot quantity of Calvados (or increase the tea/cider amount by 1 oz per drink for a virgin drink)
Garnish with apple wheels on each glass.