Cocktail of the Moment: Hot Buttered Bourbon and Cider

One of our favorite wintertime drinks is this recipe from Epicurious for Hot Buttered Bourbon and Cider. It’s easy to make and is perfect for the holidays and/or chilly nights.

We recently made this with Old Overholt Rye instead of Bourbon because that’s what we had on hand. Our cider was from Kauffman’s located in Bird-In-Hand, PA that we bought to Pumpkin Market around the corner.

The recipe calls for:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Ground nutmeg

This amount makes four healthy mugsful.

The directions as per Epicurious:

Bring first 5 ingredients to simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let steep 15 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons chilled butter to saucepan; bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in bourbon and lemon juice. Strain into large measuring cup. Divide hot cider among 4 mugs. Cut 1 tablespoon butter into 4 pieces. Add 1 piece to each mug. Sprinkle nutmeg over.

What’s not to like?