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Serve this delicious hot apple-y goodness at your next Christmas gathering, and I promise they’ll be begging for the recipe! With creamy butter and festive spices this delicious apple cider recipe totally hits the spot for the holiday season, and will warm you to the core. 😉
The “hot toddy” version is totally optional, but certainly adds to the warmth. Hot toddies are an age-old remedy that many people have found to have added medicinal benefits, finding relief from common cold & flu symptoms. Obviously, use caution when drinking, since the alcohol content could interact with any other medications you may be taking for recovery or otherwise, and too much alcohol can have the opposite effect and inflame nasal membranes and dehydrate the body. One serving (maximum) should be sufficient. 😉
Hot Buttered Apple Cider Recipe
- 1/2 gallon organic apple cider (or organic apple juice)
- 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/8 cup sucanat
- bourbon (*optional, one shot per cup of served cider)
- cinnamon sticks & apple slices for garnish
- In a large pot, bring cider/juice to a low simmer on medium heat, then reduce to low.
- Add butter, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, & sucanat.
- Stir until all the butter is melted and continue to let spice marinate for another 5-10 minutes.
- Strain out the cloves prior to transferring to mugs.
- Add one shot of bourbon to each glass (*if desired).
- Serve with apple slices and cinnamon sticks for extra pizzaz.
- Enjoy slowly as you take in the spicy aroma and savor the fall season!
A note on bourbon: Since bourbon is made with a variety of corn, rye, and barley malt, some might be concerned about GMO corn being used to produce the alcohol (understandably, as genetically modified corn is relatively new to the human diet and many countries around the world are banning their growth and requiring that food products containing them be labeled as such). Although it may not be a concern for everyone, I thought I'd mention the few brands I'm aware of (Wild Turkey, Four Roses, & Buffalo Trace) that state they use 100% GMO free corn in their bourbon.