Warm Winter Cocktails Series: Bourbon Hot Cider
Who doesn’t love warm cocktails when it is cold outside? I mean Bourbon Hot Cider made with cold pressed apple juice, is something to look forward too around the holidays.
There are 2 cocktail recipes in this post. Bourbon Hot Cider made with fresh juiced apples, like punch and then the classic Hot Toddy that is more like a spiked tea with honey so when I have a cold, I take it as a sign that I should treat my throat.
Bourbon Hot Cider
In fall and winter, in North America, especially where I grew up in upstate New York, when apples are in season it is a perfect time to make your own cider and spike it with bourbon. It is crazy simple to make cider. You basically juice apples. I have found that juicing a variety of apples results in the most balanced flavored cider. Grab some red delicious, pink ladies, granny smiths and golden delicious apples and get your cider on. The liquid quickly oxidizes and turns that familiar brown color. I add a cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves and some orange peel to the liquid, bring to a simmer and then add booze. If you don’t drink it is perfect without alcohol. This is one you want to enjoy with only your favorite people since it can get pricey to juice enough apples for multiple people not to mention multiple rounds.
Bourbon Hot Cider
- 1 Liter of Cold Pressed Apple Juice OR 2 each of 4 different types of apples ranging in sweetness and tartness (I used granny smith, golden delicious, pink ladies and red delicious, juiced)
- 1 tbsp Choco chai Seasoning
- 2 orange peels
- 2 lemon peels
- Bourbon to taste
- Add apple juice to a medium pot along with the rest of the ingredients except bourbon.
- Bring to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. While you wait, add bourbon to your mug. Add the infused apple juice to your mug and enjoy!