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Hot Buttered Bourbon Apple Cider

November 2, 2017

by Erin

It’s damp. It’s cold. It’s officially fall.

As most of us in Toronto will attest, it was a bit dubious a few weeks ago (remember it hit 29℃ degrees!?) but now, looking through the drizzly haze to the wet streets, there’s no denying it’s boots and jackets time.

But it’s not all bad: take for example all the warm, yummy, brown spirit cocktails that roll out at this time of year, like this Hot Buttered Bourbon Apple Cider. This lip-smacking tipple was featured on The Wine Sisters’ blog a few Christmases ago – don’t shoot the messenger: Christmas trees are already on display, and Christmas movies begin airing this weekend.


Serves 6
  • 2 litres sweetened, non alcoholic apple cider
  • 3 – 4 star anise
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • Dried apples (for garnish)

Set a large stock pot over medium heat and pour in apple cider and spices. Simmer until hot. Removing from heat, pour in bourbon and salted butter and mix. Scoop (or avoid) spices from the mix and ladle into mugs garnished with dried apples and a fresh cinnamon stick. Yummers.