Bourbon Apple Cider

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Taking a brief detour from Wine Wednesday to bring you this festive holiday cocktail, Bourbon Apple Cider, and full disclosure…bourbon isn’t really my thing. You may be wondering why I would post a cocktail recipe for something I’m not a fan of? Well, let me tell you. One of my all-time favorite holiday rituals is making hot mulled cider on the stove to infuse the house with the smell of the holidays and to sip on for a warm cup of comfort. But that’s what is so great about this drink is the ability to bring the alcohol down a notch (my preference) or skip it entirely and still have a fun spiced cider to serve guests and even kiddos as they arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. If the boozy part is what entices you and you want to make it as easy as possible, skip making the cider and just buy spiced cider, it is everywhere but I am a big fan of the Trader Joe’s brand, so cinnamony good. Cheers!

I will be off enjoying my family the next two days and giving thanks for all the wonderful things in life, but look forward to seeing you back here next Monday. Until then I hope your holiday is full of lots of love and laughing, good football (GO HAWKS!) and yummy bites and most importantly all the people you love. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

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Bourbon Apple Cider, adapted from Set the Table

4 oz spiced cider, make it yourself with mulling spices and apple cider or buy it already done
2 oz bourbon
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
orange wedge
rosemary sprig

If you are making your own spiced cider follow the directions on the pacakage and heat slowly on the stove, your house is about to smell incredible. While the cider simmers, mix the cinnamon and sugar together on a plate. Slice an orange into wedges and use one to run along the rim of your desired serving glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the cinnamon and sugar mixture and then fill the glass with ice.

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the cider and bourbon and stir to combine. Strain into your ice filled glass. Garnish with the orange slice and a rosemary sprig.

Another fun option would be to serve this warmed by adding the bourbon to a mug of the warmed spiced cider and adding a thin orange slice to float on top.

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