Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Spiced Whiskey Cider

Well it is that time of year again!

Family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays and in the midst of loving, laughing, and being thankful for one another we are all doing one very important thing.....looking for the bar!

Well look no further than this delicious, and festive, wintertime cocktail!  

Maggie recently came across this recipe and we thought we would try it for the Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving...strictly for experimentation purposes of course!

We dumped all the ingredients in a crockpot, except for the whiskey which we added just before serving as we wouldn't want the alcohol to cook out or anything, and let this delicious concoction simmer for a while.  

When we add the whiskey, poured them in our mugs and started sipping we soon realized that they were dangerously delectable and incredibly potent. 

I realized I was in trouble when someone asked how many I had consumed and I confidently stated that I had only had one.  Well in fact I had only filled my glass in its entirety once....however, since it is so much better hot, I kept adding a ladle full here and a ladle full there, just to warm it up of course.....well after that who knows what my count was, but I was warm and cozy on the inside so who really cared!

Honeycrisp & Bourbon Spiced Cider

6 cups honeycrisp cider (or any apple cider of your choice)
peel of 1 lemon (removing all the pith)
10 whole cloves
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 teaspoon light brown sugar (optional)
2 cups bourbon
garnish:
2 honeycrisp apples (or sweet apples of your choice), thinly sliced crosswise (about
1/4 inch)

Place cider, lemon peel, cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and sugar into a medium pot and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 10 minutes, cover, remove from heat, and steep for 1 hour. Place mixture over stove again and heat through until warmed.
Strain mixture and stir in bourbon.
To serve: Using a 1 ½ -2 inch circle cutter, cut star centers out from the thin slices of apple and remove any remaining seeds. Pour cider into individual mugs and top with “stary” apple cut outs and serve.
In our family you can have whiskey any way you like it!

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