Last week I missed the drink of the week as I was suffering from the Swine Flu. But, I am back. I also brought with me some cider. I picked up some cider last week to help me get over my flu. Like orange juice, apple cider has over 100% vitamin C per serving. So this week I decided to keep my immunity up by drinking cider even when I am having cocktails. I think it is working. I am not feeling sick and actually am feeling pretty good. Although, that may be the rum talking.
Serve with cinnamon stick for garnish and for stirring.
Spiked Up Spiced Cider – (Serves Six or One Thirsty Person)
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 8 allspice berries
- 8 whole cloves
- dash of nutmeg
- 2 oz of rum or more per serving
In a sauce pan add the apple cider, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Place over low heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until hot. If you are having a party, you could let this simmer all day. It adds a nice aroma to the room.
When you are ready to serve, fill a mug two-thirds full of cider. Top off with 2 ounces or more of rum.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick. It looks nice, adds flavor and has the hidden purpose of being a stir stick. Got to love multi-tasking. Right, Alton Brown? (I am pretty sure he doesn’t read my blog, but if he does a google search on his name it might pop up. If you are reading this, email me and we should barbecue.)
Have a great day, drink responsibly and get a designated driver if you drink all six servings.