It's dead simple to make, too - and it will make your house smell great! And who can really resist bourbon? :D
This recipe makes enough bourbon apple cider to serve 10-15 folks if everyone sticks to one glass.
Step 1: Ingredients:
- 1/2 gallon apple juice or cider
- 1 1/2 cups bourbon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8-10 cloves, whole
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of allspice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional - but tasty!)
I don't have all the ingredients in the photo because I was kinda making it up as I went along. :D
As far as bourbons, I really recommend Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare. They're two of my favorites!
Step 2: Simmering
Near the end of the simmering time, taste it and make sure it's spiced enough. You can also add 1/4 cup of brown sugar at this point - I think it helps balance out the bourbon a bit. I recommend it!
Once it tastes nice, turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Step 3: How to Serve
- Pour the bourbon and have folks ladle the drink out from the pot.
- Strain it and put it in a jar or pitcher and serve it that way
I did the second option because I wanted to bring it out of the test kitchen and upstairs so everyone could try it. :)
A canning funnel with a filter comes in super handy for this!
Step 4: Enjoy!
Serve with cinnamon sticks in each glass or mug if you're feeling ridiculously fancy.