Sinister Cider Cocktail

Your girl over here needs this Sinister Cider Cocktail  badly and thank you Martha Stewart for this recipe!   Of course I changed the recipe up a bit to make it my own here at Ali in the Valley.

The past few weeks have been tougher than normal for me.  And in full transparency, as I’m writing this blog, I want nothing more than to go to bed.  It’s not because I hate all that I have on my plate. In fact, I happen to like everything I do. And yet, I still can’t help but look at my laptop screen with glazed-over eyes and see nothing but a blur of problem solving issues.

All my irritating problems started with tech stuff.  After taking a long hiatus from Ali in the Valley, I finally came back to my blog with a vengeance;  recipes, videos, more lifestyle stories and so much more going on behind the scenes.  Just as I was getting started with a complete new outlook and new schedule for my site.  Ali in the Valley completely crashed down for over 10 days I was freaking out that all my years of blogging had disappeared from my backroom of wordpress.  Next up, my computer storage is completely full and my Alicat Media power point presentation won’t act right because I didn’t have a enough space on my computer because I have too many pictures, movies and documents from all my projects.  I’ve been working on this power point presentation for a while and I couldn’t saved it and I had issue after issue trying to share it to the necessary people.  Then the worst of them all happened and my music projects had massive tech problems, as well.  All in all,  I’ve been in tech hell!

If there’s one thing that everyone who works for themself  will have in common, it’s that some weeks will be tougher than others. While that’s not necessarily the easiest thing to accept, it is important to know. If you’re currently in a rough patch, I’ve compiled my three best tips for helping you cope.

Bad week at work,  often goes hand-in-hand with “I can’t get anything right this week.” And many times that’s because you’re currently struggling with something—whether that’s a stressful project, a micromanaging colleague, or a computer that keeps crashing.

First thing first…Take a deep breathe and get calm and remember, while identifying exactly what’s upsetting you won’t resolve it immediately, just pinpointing it can make you feel a little bit better. Because you can then decide if there’s a fix for the situation. If so, go after it!

And if not there’s not a fix, then you can hopefully at least put an end date on it—like when your project’s finally over or a new computer arriving. Or at the very least, Friday almost being here.

There’s probably at least a small part of you who wants to harp on all the things you did to make this week difficult. After all, you have all the control in this situation, right? Well, not always. Sometimes you just have a packed calendar with meetings on meeting. And other times, work is just tough.

Sure, if you make a mistake, you should fess up and take the appropriate steps. But on weeks when it feels like you just can’t catch a break, it’s important to take a step back and remind yourself that there are things you simply cannot control.

Sometimes even the best career or job can feel like, well, work. And some weeks are going to be harder than others. You can’t control everything, but you can rethink the way you cope with a particularly difficult stretch. And if nothing else, you’re only getting closer to Friday.

Oh and most important, make yourself  a delicious cocktail like this Sinister Cider Cocktail to make you feel better…That’s exactly what I’m doing!

My site is back up and I’m happy to be taking baby steps solving my little headaches!

When things happen to you like this what’s your favorite way to relax?

Let’s get the Halloween recipes rolling!

Ali in the Valley

Sinister Cider Cocktail

Liven up your Halloween party with this sweet, simple-to-make martini

Course: Halloween

Cuisine: Cocktail

Servings: 1

Author: Alison Ball


  1. Fine black sanding sugar

  2. 1 lady apple chopped

  3. 1/2 lime cut into wedges

  4. 1 ounce maple syrup

  5. 1 ounce apple cider

  6. 2 ounces vodka

  7. Ice

  8. Club soda

  9. 1 thin crosswise slice lady apple for garnish


Moisten the rim of a martini glass with water. Place sanding sugar in a saucer and dip rim of glass in sanding sugar to coat; set aside.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together apple cubes and lime wedges. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake until well combined. Strain into prepared martini glass; top with club soda. Garnish with apple slice and serve.

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