Image by podchef via FlickrClearly, I'm on an autumn-inspired beverage kick. All this rainy, dreary, Midwest fall weather is making me want to do nothing more than curl up in a cozy window seat and read a good book whilst sipping a toasty, possibly alcohol-infused, beverage. Pip, pip!
Apparently, it also makes me think I'm British. But on with the recipe!
Best Ever Hot Buttered (Rum) Cider
1 64 oz. bottle of apple juice (or apple cider)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon (or 4 cinnamon sticks)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
6" square of cheesecloth (or a coffee filter)
6 whole cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice AND 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (or just 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 tsp. vanilla (imitation works just fine)
a bit of lemon peel (do not substitute lemon juice)
1 cup rum (optional; I prefer dark or spiced rum for this recipe)
1 Tbs butter (or butter substitute)
Combine juice/cider, brown sugar, vanilla, and rum in large pot over high heat. Combine spices and lemon peel in cheesecloth or coffee filter, and secure with a bit of clean string or a twist tie.
Drop sachet in pot and heat to boiling.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 min. Remove sachet.
Pour cider into mugs and top each with a thin slice of butter. Serve immediately.
Got a cider recipe you think is better? Share it with us. (We dare you.)