Object of Desire: Crushing It

Autumn’s hottest accessory?

A DIY cider press that transforms ripe fruit into liquid gold. Who needs a cheesecloth and strainer when you’ve got a heavy-duty cast-iron and hardwood cider and wine press? ($299, williams-sonoma.com) The cool fall harvest gadget uses a centuries-old press design with an easy double-ratchet lever (read: less muscle, more mechanics). Simply load fruit into the 16-quart wooden barrel, turn the lever to press the wooden blocks onto the fruit and watch fresh juice stream out of the spout. The press also works on grapes, citrus, cherries and most stone fruit.

Prefer your juice spiked? Pick up a copy of The New York Times-bestseller The Drunken Botanist for more than 50 from-the-earth cocktail recipes. —Lisa Blake

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