When the January nights are cold and dark, sometimes a nice toasty and tasty beverage warms the soul. My husband is a bourbon aficionado so we have an assortment of the Kentucky-born elixir on our bar at any one time. A variant on the Hot Toddy or Hot Buttered Rum, this decadent cocktail is best sipped by a roaring fire (or in our case, while watching a DVD of a roaring fire). And, if you need an excuse for consuming this treat, it also is believed to help the common cold. I shall have one this evening, preventative medicine, you see. Bottoms up, dearies!
- 2 cups spiced apple cider
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons golden brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 sliced clementine
- 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup bourbon
Bring first 5 ingredients to simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let steep 15 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons chilled butter to saucepan; bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in bourbon. Strain into large measuring cup. Divide hot cider among 4 mugs. Cut 1 tablespoon butter into 4 pieces. Add 1 piece to each mug. Serve with cinnamon stick and slice of clementine.
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.