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6 apples


3 pears


750mL cinnamon whiskey


1 bottle Pinot Grigio


64 oz apple cider


1-liter seltzer water

Chop apples and pears


Place them in a bowl and soak for at least an hour


Combine liquids in a pouring jug, add fruit


Not a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but perhaps even more Autumnal. Enjoy!



Recipe borrowed from www.thecookierookie.com


2 shots good quality vodka

2 shots pumpkin spice creamer

1 shot coffee liqueur


1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 tsp sugar

2 tbls crushed graham crackers

I live outside the US and could not find pumpkin creamer. I used single cream and added cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix the drink ingredients and pour over ice. Wet the rim of your glass and dip in crumb mixture. Garnish with whipped cream and spice. 


I also attempted a cheat and used Starbucks pumpkin spice latte instead of cream. Worked just as good as was a bit more pumpkin spicey. 


Mix up the Russian's, find a fireplace to cozy next to, and enjoy the cold winter nights!


Recipe borrowed from BBC Good Food


Feeling ill. Got the flu? Still want to party? Well then give a Hot Toddy a try. Known also as an Irish Whisky this drink will warm any heart cockle and conquer any common cold. 

50ml whisky

3 tsp honey

1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half

1 lemon, half juiced and half sliced

2 cloves

Whisk the whisky and honey together and split between 2 heatproof glasses. Add half of the cinnamon stick to each, then top up with 200ml boiling water.

Add a splash of lemon juice to each, then taste and add more to your preference. Finish each with a slice of lemon, studded with a clove, and serve immediately.

About Us


Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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As we are all not traveling much, now would be a great time to share favourite travel, wellness, and food stories. We would love to include your best tales on this blog. If you would like to collaborate, please email us here at oldbagonaplane@gmail.com