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