We came home from our recent trip to the pumpkin patch with the season’s first pressing of fresh apple cider. While it is so amazingly delicious right out of the jug, one of our favorite seasonal treats is to sip a cup of hot, spiced, and spiked cider in the evenings as we unwind. Like most of the recipes we share, this one is easily adaptable…
Apple Cider Toddy
4-6 cups fresh apple cider (yes, you can use unsweetened apple juice, but it won’t be quite the same)
2-4 whole cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon Baking Spice Blend
optional liquor: brandy, whiskey, bourbon, or spiced rum
Pour cider into a large sauce pan or kettle and toss in the spices. Give it a stir or two and put on medium high heat. Gently heat to desired temperature. We pour an ounce or two of the chosen liquor (and you can leave this out for kiddos or those who prefer without) in a mug and then pour the hot cider over (straining out the cloves and cinnamon sticks). This way, each person can have their “nip” of choice. We like to serve it with a cinnamon stick just for extra festive fun.
So easy and so yummy!