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Spiked Apple Cider

Spiked Apple Cider

You can easily make this virgin by leaving out the alcohol. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American

Ingredients

For infusing the apple cider:

  • 12 cups fresh apple cider, local if possible
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (preferably Ceylon but cassia will work too)
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 bruised green cardamom pods
  • 10 whole allspice
  • 2 t candied ginger

For the drink:

  • 1 cup apple cider from above
  • 1 oz (2 T) bourbon
  • 1/2 oz (1 T) apple brandy
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick for garnish/stirring (preferably cassia, as it holds together better)

Instructions

Infuse the cider:

  1. Place the 12 cups of apple cider in a heavy bottom pot on medium heat. Add the whole spices and candied ginger.

  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a very gentle simmer and let infuse for 30 minutes. Then use the infused cider for mixing your drink.

Make the spiked apple cider individually:

  1. Place 8 liquid ounces (1 cup) of the infused apple cider in a mug (strain out any whole spices and return them to the pot). Add the bourbon and brandy and finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

  2. Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve with the stick.