Fresh Drink Friday: Warm Vanilla and Bourbon Cider

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Brrr! The weather is getting chilly here at Howl at the Moon HQ. When the days make you want to stay inside wrapped in warm blankets, what’s more appropriate than a sugary, warm, alcohol-infused beverage? Nothing. Absolutely nothing makes the winter cold worth it (especially if you’re in the Midwest) than a deliciously warm cocktail! Go ahead, pin this recipe and make it any time you need a warm up or to kick start the night before going out.

Warm Vanilla and Bourbon Cider


Things you need:

6 cups fresh apple cider
2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
2 whole nutmeg seeds
1 vanilla bean (split and scraped)
6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired
Whipped cream
Honeyed Walnuts

How to make it:

1. Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

2. Remove from heat, and add bourbon.

3. Remove and discard solids.

4. Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.

5. Sip and enjoy!


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