Hot Buttered Spiced Cider

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 gallon (8 cups) apple cider
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 1 strip zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 strip zest
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • Bourbon, rye or whiskey (optional)
  • Cinnamon candy sticks, for garnish (optional)
Directions

Combine the cider, citrus juices and zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a large pot. Simmer over medium heat, about 20 minutes; do not boil.

Ladle the cider into mugs, leaving the zest and spices in the pot, and add about 1/2 teaspoon butter to each mug. Spike the adults' drinks with a shot of bourbon and garnish with cinnamon candy sticks, if desired.

Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo


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