Spiced Apple Cider Cocktails


A spiced apple cider that is warm and cozy on its own, but can be made into a cocktail with the addition of oak vodka, bourbon, or champagne,


  • 1-quart apple cider
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 inch peeled ginger, cut into rounds
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • peel from one orange
  • peel from one lemon
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Absolut Oak, bourbon, or champagne


  1. Pour apple cider into a medium pot. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to pot. Add ginger, cloves, nutmeg, orange peel, lemon peel, juice, and brown sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Ladle into mugs and 2 ounces of oak vodka or bourbon if desired. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and lemon or orange slices.
  4. (If using champagne, serve the cider cold before adding champagne.)
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This can also be made in the slow cooker. Add all ingredients and cook on low for 4 hours.

Adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli.