Deliciously Elegant Washington Apple

It’s Whiskey Season Out There

This Washington Apple cocktail is an elegant addition to any holiday cocktail menu. With the taste of crisp apple and cranberry, this cocktail is sure to be on your wishlist.

Drink of the Week: Washington Apple

As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today we’re mixing up a cocktail to put it to the test. This Washington Apple cocktail is a yummy blend of crisp apple, cranberry, and whiskey. You can make this cocktail neat or over ice, and with the Summer-like temperatures that we’ve been having in coastal Carolina, we’ll take it on ice.

I was introduced to this cocktail by a girlfriend of mine, who is finishing up college this month [Kudos!]. She ordered it at the bar one night when we were having a girl’s night out. I had been nursing my Vodka Collins as we were talking, and she offered me a sip. It had a bite to it. The kind I like. So it has earned a spot in our Drink of the Week spotlight.

I can be a bit picky when it comes to flavored whiskey. You might remember the issue I had with Tennessee Honey a while back that led to the birth of the Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea. But Crown Royal® Apple is one of the exceptions. It might not be my favorite apple whiskey, but it is one of the better ones I’ve tried.

Pretty much every bartender I know makes a Washington Apple using Pucker® Sour Apple Schnapps. Truthfully, you can’t go wrong with that. You can really use whatever brand of Sour Apple Schnapps you want, I used some DeKuyper® I had left over from Thanksgiving. I typically keep Peach and Apple Schnapps in the liquor cabinet as a standard.

Now let’s show you how you make this delicious Washington Apple cocktail!

 

Washington Apple

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Crown Royal Apple Whiskey
  • 2¼ Ounces Sour Apple Schnapps
  • 3 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks/Old Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Washington Apple on the rocks: Pour apple whiskey, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice over ice in a rocks glass. Stir together until chilled. Garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

Washington Apple neat: Pour apple whiskey, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Pour into a chilled rocks glass, and garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 268 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 20 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

This Washington Apple cocktail is an elegant addition to any holiday cocktail menu.

 

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Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Best Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Nothing beats a little Sangria for the Holidays!

The flavors of Fall come together in this delicious Sangria just in time for the Holidays.

Best Autumn Flavored Sangria for the Holidays

The flavors of Fall make some of the best cocktails, but they make a magical combination in this Autumn sangria. It’s great to serve up at the holidays, or for a quiet dinner with the family or some friends.

There are different ways you can make Sangria. You can do it with either Red or White wine. You can make it fruity or a bit spicy like a Mulled Wine. In this Autumn sangria, the mixture of pear, apple, orange, and pomegranate flavors offer a fragrant bouquet and delicious taste. We also added a bit of cinnamon to give it a little extra something.

As for the wine, I suggest using a Cabernet Sauvignon if you want a dry, milder wine or a Merlot for a nice bite and bolder tasting sangria. Also, don’t break the bank on an expensive bottle of wine for sangria. The wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money. Sangria can make simple table wine go a long way.

This is how you make our Autumn Sangria!

 

Autumn Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 2 Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 2 Ounces Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Pomegranate Simple Syrup
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Apple[Sliced]
  • 1 Orange [Sliced]
  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
Pomegranate Simple Syrup:

  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, mix together ½ cup water with sugar and ½ cup of pomegranate seeds. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Strain into a container and discard the pomegranate seeds in the bin. Set aside for sangria recipe.

Autumn Sangria: Cut up the pear, apple, and orange into thin slices. Add the fruit slices, remaining pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, Grand Marnier, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate simple syrup to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Top with 1 bottle of red wine. Stir together again, and refrigerate overnight. Serve in a stemless wine glass and garnish with cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 16 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

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Drink of the week: Pumpkin Martini

Halloween Party Ready Pumpkin Martini

Jack O’Lanterns, beware!

Looking for a pumpkin themed cocktail to serve for a Halloween party? This Pumpkin Martini will make your cauldron bubble.

Halloween Party Ready Pumpkin Martini Recipe

Someone better go tell Charlie Brown. In the affray of Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Spiced flavored everything, this martini is the Great Pumpkin we’ve been looking for. Our list of fall cocktail creations includes all kinds of Pumpkin Flavored drinks, but this cocktail is pure and simple deliciousness.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. Temperatures begin to cool, there are decorations everywhere, and it becomes socially acceptable to wear black all month without questions. Yes, Halloween is a grand time for haunted houses and parties with friends. My family throws a large Halloween party for friends, family, and neighbors every year. It has become a kind of tradition. So has crafting goolish cocktails and goodies for our guests. Oddly enough, though, we haven’t gotten around to a pumpkin-flavored cocktail until now.

Using pumpkin pie filling and a spiced simple syrup, like Eli Mason Spiced Simple Syrup, makes this the ultimate fall flavored cocktail. We also used straight vodka and added in vanilla instead of using flavored vodka, but feel free to cut corners and use a good vanilla vodka if you like. These flavors really mingle well together in a chilled glass.

This cocktail is served neat in a sugar rimmed cocktail glass [cause there’s no such thing as a “martini glass”]. It makes it even more festive to use colored sugar for Halloween. We suggest using the classic Halloween colors: Black, orange, and green for your sugar rims.

Now let’s show you how you make a Pumpkin Martini!

 

Pumpkin Martini

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • ½ Ounce Spiced Simple Syrup
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Sugar for Rims
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with the sugar of your choice, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Set aside.

Pumpkin Martini: Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake for about 30 seconds or until chilled. Strain into a prepared cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 153 Fat (g) 7 Saturated Fat (g) 4 Potassium (mg) 139 Carbohydrates (g) 5 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 2 Sodium (mg) 30

This Pumpkin Martini will make your cauldron bubble.

 
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How to make Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Cold nights wouldn’t be the same without it

There’s nothing that quite spells out Fall and Winter like good ol’Hot Buttered Rum. This classic recipe for Hot Buttered Rum will surely brighten up the coldest nights.

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

When you think of cold Fall and Winter nights, Hot Buttered Rum often comes to mind [at least if you grew up in the cold nights of the Northern States that is]. Hot mulled ciders and buttered rums are pretty much a staple nightcap in some places.

Butter and rum might seem like an odd combination, but this classic drink has been enjoyed in the Great White North for a very long time and it sometimes gets a bum rap. It’s not everyone’s cup of Hot Toddy. Nonetheless, it has been and will continue to be a favorite of cold weather lovers everywhere.

We are definitely not fans of the recipes that have a dollop of butter plopped right in the mug. That just spells out a goopy mess of ick as you are sipping. It’s why we definitely recommend using a batter instead of straight butter. This recipe for Hot Buttered Rum Batter comes to us from Tracy at The Kitchen is My Playground. It is a much better way to make this hot concoction.

When making hot buttered rum, using a dark or spiced rum is the key. Light rum doesn’t do this drink justice. If you find a light rum that works, I’d really like to know about it. We are always open to experimenting with ingredients, but, for now, we’ll stick with tradition. If you’ve never tried hot buttered rum, keep an open mind and you might find yourself a new nightcap to enjoy all Fall and Winter long.

This is how you make classic Hot Buttered Rum!

 

Buttered Rum Batter

Yields: 1 Container

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Stick Softened Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ to ½ Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ to ¼ Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • Small Pinch Ground Cloves
  • Small Pinch Fleur de sel, Kosher, or Sea Salt

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon or Fork
  • Air Tight Storage Container

 

Hot Buttered Rum

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark or Spiced Rum
  • 6 Ounces Boiling Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Rum Batter
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
  • Whipped Creme [Optional]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Mug or Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Spoon

 

Preparation

Make the Batter: Mash together softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a mixing bowl with a spoon or fork, until well combined. Place into storage container for later or use immediately for hot buttered rums.

Hot Buttered Rum: Add batter and rum to a mug. Pour in hot water and stir to combine. Go ahead and use a cinnamon stick to stir it and then stick it in as a garnish. Top with whipped creme if desired and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 316 Fat (g) 12 Saturated Fat (g) 7.6 Potassium (mg) 10 Carbohydrates (g) 4.29 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4 Protein (g) 0.18 Sodium (mg) 5

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5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love [And You Will Too!]

It’s time to get cozy by the fire

This time of year is perfect for sitting around the fire with friends and family. It’s a place to share company, laughter, stories, and cocktails. Grab some logs and grab some bottles, cause you are going to want to try all 5 of these great fireside cocktails that we [absolutely] love!

THE AWESOME FIRESIDE COCKTAILS THAT WE LOVE  [AND YOU WILL TOO!]

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

It just wouldn’t be Fall without Mulled Cider, and our recipe for spiked mulled cider is sure to get the fire pit party started. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

 

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Chowhound

This Nutella packed hot chocolate delight is just what our inner child has been asking for in a fireside cocktail! It makes a great little Nightcap to sip in front of the fireplace on a cold night.

 

Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Curling up with a nice Hot Toddy is one great way to get cozy by the fire. It’s kind of like magic. This wondrous mixture of whiskey and tea warms the body and the soul at the same time.

 

Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

Image / Recipe from // Boulder Locavore

Give your classic Whiskey Sour an Autumn twist! The cinnamon syrup in this Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour adds just the right amount of extra kick to the already spiced cocktail. Try using the spice recipe of our Spiked Mulled Cider for the spiced cider!

 

Salted Caramel White Russian

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Salted Caramel White Russian

Image / Recipe from // Kate La Vie

An Iced cocktail might seem different for a fireside cocktail, but hear us out. Salted Caramel is as Fall as Pumpkin Spice, and this Salted Caramel upgrade to the White Russian will have you saying “YASSS!”

 

 

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!

 

Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

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Maple-Bourbon Smash

Smash Right Into Autumn!

Hello most wonderful time of the year! Maple syrup pairs so delightfully with bourbon in this fall cocktail!

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If there could be one thing we love about fall more than apple cider, it’s got to be fresh maple syrup! Local orchards and parks would tap trees to show the kids where their syrup came from. We used to leave with jars of maple syrup and my brother would devour it in a matter of days. That’s probably why he loves this Maple Bourbon Smash. It’s a little reminder of home.

Smash cocktails are kind of the happy love child of a liquor, some form of sweetener, and an infused fruit or fruit juice. There are all kinds of smashes from Whiskey to Vodka, like our Strawberry Gin Smash. These cocktails are served over ice, and can be either really simple or extremely complex. Never fear; though, this fall cocktail is easy to make and even easier to drink!

This whiskey cocktail is fairly simple with only 3 ingredients. If you have access to fresh maple syrup, not the processed Aunt Jemima kind, use it! To me, processed items always make cocktails taste funny, so I try to use fresh products as much as possible. In this case, I grabbed a soy-free maple syrup that I found in our local health food store [having to go on a soy-restricted diet for my health has been a challenge]. Organic maple syrup works well too if you can get your hands on it.

Next, you are going to need a good bourbon. I still had some Basil Hayden’s left in the bottle, so into the cocktail shaker it went. You are going to want a spicy flavored bourbon to offset some of the sweetness of the maple syrup. This might take some experimenting to get it just right for your flavor pallet.

Now let’s show you how you make a Maple-Bourbon Smash!

 

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Maple-Bourbon Smash: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 207 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 42 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

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10 Autumn Cocktail Creations You Should Drink This Fall

We are absolutely excited for Fall and here’s why!

Whether you call it Fall or Autumn, the season is upon us [even if the temperature don’t feel like it yet]. It’s time to get excited about all things fall, and that includes cocktails. Check out some of our top picks for Autumn cocktail creations to indulge in this season.

Check out some of our top picks for fall cocktail creations to indulge in this season

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

Pumpkin Spiced Horchata

Autumn Cocktail Creations -

Image / Recipe from // Slim Pickins Kitchen

If there was a cocktail that embodied getting “White Girl Wasted” Fall style, it would be this Pumpkin Spiced Horchata. It might be the most complex drink to make in our line up, but this Fall remake of a classic Mexican Horchata is worth the work.

Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Been anxiously awaiting apple season? Try a little digestif with your next batch of crisp. Port is an unlikely friend of apple cider, rye whiskey and maple syrup. But the best part of this big-batch party pleaser is the boozy apples and pears you can munch on after the batch is fully infused.

Apple Cider Mojito

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Cider Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Jo-Lynne Shane

Not all Fall Seasonal cocktails need to be served hot. This Apple Cider Mojito is the perfect on ice cocktail for autumn! The apple and cinnamon fusion in this cocktail gives you all the best flavors of fall in a mason jar, but with the sophistication of a mojito.

Ginger Snap Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Ginger Snap Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // PopSugar

These gingersnaps pack a punch! This simple 3 ingredient cocktail takes everything you love about ginger snap cookies and turns it into liquid deliciousness. Dunk a ginger snap in this puppy if you dare!

Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Image / Recipe from // Carrie Robinson Frugal Foodie Mama

September marks the beginning of Pumpkin Spice everything season! Hot buttered rum is a fall classic, and with the rise of Pumpkin Spice season, the two were going to meet eventually. If you are a fan of the PSL then you will love this Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum.

Apple Pie Shine

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Pie Shine

Image / Recipe from // tbps.

It wouldn’t be Fall without Apple Pie…shine that is. Apple Pie moonshine is a Southern treat, and is typically made in the Fall to Winter months. Shine isn’t for the faint of heart, as it is knock you off your feet strong. You can even drink it hot or cold. It really is like Fall in a glass!

Washington Apple

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Washington Apple

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Cranberry and Apple are two of the most classic fall flavors, and this cocktail uses them well. This cocktail is great for those easing their way into the realm of Canadian Whiskey. The apple and cranberry flavors pair delightfully with a light whiskey and makes it easy to drink.

Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Farm Wife Drinks

If Cinnabon had a boozy baby it would be this Cinnamon Roll cocktail. Just top with whipped cream and cinnamon and you have yourself a real treat!

Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Image From // ShesCookin / Recipe from // Jonathan Pogash, aka the Cocktail Guru

The elegant flavor palette of this port gives this seasonal puch the One – Two knock out. The bright citrus, ginger, and apple flavors give this fall cocktail just the right amount of yummy goodness that will give your next holiday party life.

 

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Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

Spiked Mulled Cider

Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

We are absolutely excited for Fall. Want to know why? Where there’s Fall there’s mulled cider! And we are doing up this Mulled Cider Recipe Two ways!

Brio Drink of the week: Spiked Mulled Cider

Even though we won’t feel Fall temperatures here on the NC coast until around November[ish], the Fall/Autumn season officially kicks off on September 22nd! That means we can all start to enjoy our favorite fall flavored cocktails like these mulled ciders. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

Both Corinne and I grew up drinking hot apple cider. It’s kind of a staple in the states where apple orchards are a plenty, or when your grandparents have a cider press like hers do. I’m kind of jealous of that. My elementary schools had field trips to go apple picking and we’d make apple sauce out of them during Girl Scout meetings. It was kind of a big deal. So enjoying cider as a cocktail only seemed logical.

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

There are a lot of different dark rums to choose from, and we settled on using Gosling’s Black Seal rum [cause hey, maybe we can make some Dark and Stormies later with it]. Basil Hayden’s is one of my sister’s all-time favorite bourbons, and I recommend it for its spicy flavor notes. It can be a bit pricey though at roughly $40 bucks a pop, so if that’s a little out of your comfort zone any good bourbon will do the trick. If you want an American bourbon, try one of these industry winners.

Now let’s show you how you make our spiked mulled cider!

 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Pints Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Dark Rum or Bourbon
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Whole Allspice
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Orange
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Cinnamon Sticks & Apple Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Heat Proof Glasses for hot
  • Rocks Glasses for Cold
  • Large Saucepan
  • Metal Strainer
  • Heatproof Pitcher

 

Preparation

Spiked Mulled Cider: Place all of your non-alcoholic ingredients into a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat down to a simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and strain into a heatproof pitcher. Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard the remaining waste in the bin. You can enjoy these cocktails cold by allowing the mixture to cool and serving over ice!

Bourbon Mulled Cider: Add the bourbon to a glass, and top with hot cider mix. Stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices. Enjoy!

Mulled Cider with Dark Rum: Pour cider mix into glass, and add in the dark rum. Stir together to combine the flavors. Garnish with apple slices. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 165 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 43 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 38 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 25

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