It's crabapple season here, and thanks to a friend I have lots of them. So far, I've made a batch of jelly and a batch of butter--there's nothing quite like the smell of spices and warm apples to make your house redolent of fall.
I've also started an experimental elixir, Crabapple Liqueur. So far it's a quart jar 2/3 full of chopped crabapples, and topped off with rich brandy. I'm going to let it sit for a month, then strain it and combine with simple syrup. I'm thinking it will sweet-tart refreshing, perfect for sloshing into a mug of tea come a winter evening.