Fall is hands down my favorite season. Being the resident foodie, Fall is when I get to bust out the homemade bread and soup and dust off the good ole' dutch oven. Not that you can't do that during the summer but who wants pot roast when it's 90 degrees outside?
Now that it's November, I'll be sharing all the yummy comfort food recipes and figured I'd start with one of my favorite drinks that make a great addition to any gathering or even just a cold night at home. #ThirstyThursday is coming at you with Hot Buttered Apple Cider and if you're feeling really frisky, you can make it SPIKED Hot Buttered Apple Cider. 😉
I like to use this recipe for anything from a dinner party all the way to Thankgiving with the fam. It's great because you can do it spiked (rum/brandy on the side) and still have it out for the kids to enjoy too. Feel free to scale the recipe but I will say that while half a gallon doesn't sound like much, this is a rich and filling drink so you may not need as much as you think.
- Half gallon apple cider (any store bought brand will do)
- 1/3 stick butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 large orange sliced
- pinch salt
Combine cider and all spices in a large pot or crock pot. The spices will be thick at first and want to layer on the top but they will incorporate as the cider heats up. If in a pot on the stove, bring to a boil, add the butter, cinnamon stick and oranges and reduce to simmer. If in a crockpot, go ahead and add the butter, cinnamon sticks and orange slices and put the crock pot on low heat. Allow all the spices to incorporate and butter to melt. Cider will get warmed through and be ready to serve.
If serving spiked, float a shot of your favorite rum or brandy in the mug. My personal fave is Applejack Brandy for this recipe.