Cider Mop

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups
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1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger

2 shallots, peeled and sliced

6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

1 1/2 cups bourbon

1 quart sweet apple cider

1 cup apple jelly

1/4 cup dark molasses

1 bay leaf

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

2 sprigs fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger, shallots, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft and brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the bourbon. Return the pan to the heat and with a wooden spoon scrape up any of the browned bits that cling to the bottom. Add the cider, jelly, molasses, bay leaf, coriander seeds, peppercorns, and sage. Bring to a boil and reduce until the mixture is syrupy and yields about 1 1¿2 cups, about 1 hour.
  2. Strain and add lemon juice, salt, and black pepper, to taste.