I hate to see summer end, but there are a few things I like about fall: football, tall boots, pumpkin bread, and hot drinks. My husband, son, and I recently visited an apple orchard near Lake Kegonsa just outside of Madison. Since our son is only 3 months old, we eschewed apple picking for simply buying a few bags of fresh McIntoshes and Empires and a half gallon of fresh cider. At our house, cider is the main ingredient in one of our favorite fall beverages. My husband modified his recipe for hot toddies from an episode of Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee
that he caught while flipping through the channels. I wonder if it was the cocktail or the buxom blonde chef that caught his eye… anyway, here’s his recipe. His has fewer ingredients than Sandra’s and is therefore a little easier to whip up for impromptu guests on a cold day.
- 6 cups apple cider
- 6 TB butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 whole cinnamon sticks
- 6 shots bourbon whiskey or spiced rum
- whipping cream
- pumpkin pie spice
Heat the apple cider in a saucepan. Get out 6 mugs. In a bowl, mix together the softened butter and the allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Put a dollop of the butter mixture in the bottom of each mug. Pour hot cider over the butter. Put a shot of bourbon or rum into each mug, along with a cinnamon stick, and stir well. Top each mug with whipped cream. Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice over the top.