Autumn Spiked Cider

Since my son has been old enough to walk and even before that I pulled him in a wagon, it's been our tradition to go apple picking in the Fall. Our favorite apples are Honey Crisps for eating and for baking, I like a blend that includes Granny Smiths. We also love the unfiltered cider purchased straight out of the orchard; so fresh, so delicious this time of year. Sharing a cup of adult apple cider spiked with a good bourbon is a wonderful way to celebrate the change of seasons. So head to your local orchard, farmers market, or Whole Foods and pick up some fresh cider and make this delicous spiked punch for your next gathering.

Spiced Spiked Apple Cider
Serves 6

12 oz. fresh apple cider
8 oz. bourbon
8 oz. seltzer
3 oz. lemon juice
3 oz. honey
8 dashes bitters
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Rosemary sprigs and apple slices to garnish

In a large punch bowl mix the lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until until blended. Add the bourbon, cider, and bitters and then top with seltzer. Garnish with apple slices, and serve with a sprig of rosemary and an apple slice if you're fancy like that.

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This would be great for my “travel mug” while trick-or-treating with the boys!!!


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