One of my favorite things to do in the fall is relax with a good movie, a big bowl of popcorn, and some hot apple cider. This drink is a more grown-up version that takes its cues from Hot Buttered Rum. The Demera sugar on the rim adds an additional caramel flavor (and looks pretty to boot!)
Hot Buttered Apple Cider
(makes 1 drink)
- 2 Tablespoons Spiced Butter (see recipe below)
- 1 1/2 oz rum
- 3/4 cup apple cider, heated to boil.
- Juice from orange
- Demera (raw) sugar
- Apple slice
Wet the rim of a heat proof glass and sugar with the raw sugar. Place slice of spiced butter in bottom of glass and top with rum and hot cider. Mix until butter is dissolved. Top with a generous squeeze of orange juice (about a Tablespoon). Garnish with apple slice or fan and serve hot.
- 4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- zest of one orange
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. Transfer butter mixture to wax paper and roll into a log, approximately the size of a stick of butter (this will help to measure later). Wrap butter tightly in wax paper and plastic wrap and store in fridge, allowing to firm up. Can keep keep for up to two weeks. Also great on toast!
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