Hot Buttered Cider

Hot Buttered Cider

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  • ½

    gallon (8 cups) apple cider

  • ½

    cup fresh lemon juice, plus 1 strip zest

  • ½

    cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 strip zest

  • 3

    cinnamon sticks

  • 4

    whole cloves

  • 1

    tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

  • Bourbon, rye or whiskey (optional)

  • Cinnamon candy sticks, for garnish (optional)

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Combine the cider, citrus juices and zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a large pot. Simmer over medium heat, about 20 minutes; do not boil. Ladle the cider into mugs, leaving the zest and spices in the pot, and add about 1/2 teaspoon butter to each mug. Spike the adults' drinks with a shot of bourbon and garnish with cinnamon candy sticks, if desired. Read more at:


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