Hot Buttered Bourbon and Cider

Here’s the perfect Autumn drink for chilly tailgating parties, outdoor activities or lounging by a crackling fire. You may want to double or triple the ingredients, especially the bourbon and cider, if serving in large mugs.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit Magazine

Makes 4 servings.


2 cups apple cider (homemade or purchased from a local orchard is best!)

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar

4 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon allspice

3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter

3/4 cup bourbon

2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Ground nutmeg to finish


Bring cider, water, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and allspice to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let steep 15 minutes. Return saucepan to burner and add 2 tablespoons chilled butter, bringing to a simmer for the second time. Remove from heat, and add bourbon and lemon juice. Strain, than divide among 4 mugs. Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into 4 pieces. Add 1 piece to each mug and sprinkle nutmeg over.

Garnish this warming drink with lemon slices and a cinnamon stick.

Photo credit: Andrea Vorvick


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