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Homemade spiced apple cider with a kick

Everyone's favorite holiday drink done right.

  • Total time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Level: Easy
  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

As the wind turns into an invisible biting monster and your ears freeze whenever you open a window, warm drinks become just about the best things ever. That’s why everybody could use a cup of hot cider full of tasty spices and, of course, a bit of whiskey.


  • 10 apples
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • bourbon


Cut up the apples into quarters and throw out the cores (or plant them, if you're a better person than I am).

Toss the apples into a stockpot. Fill up the pot with enough water to cover the apples with two inches of water on top. The apples will float, so push them down to make sure you've got enough water on top. Stir in the cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

Boil uncovered for an hour. Then stir in the butter, sugar and salt. Cover the pot and bring the heat down to a simmer for another two hours.

Break up the apple bits with a big spoon, and let the mixture simmer for another half hour.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve twice – once to get all the big bits out, then again to make the cider smooth.

You've made your cider! Serve it warm or cold, and make sure to add in add as much bourbon as you like to each cup.

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