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Fall Entertaining: Apple Cider 5 Ways

Last updated 5 years ago

Apple Cider 5 ways. You'll love these apple cider recipes for a cider nog, tea, a sour, and a punch. Enjoy them solo or incorporate them into a autumn/winter gathering!
   Hot Cider Nog:
makes 5 1/2 cups
What you'll need:
  • 2 cups of half and half
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of cider
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/6 tsp. salt
  • 1/6 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and apple slices for garnish

What you'll need to do: 

Whisk together  half-and-half,  milk and apple cider, eggs, sugar, ground cinnamon, salt, and ground nutmeg in a heavy saucepan.
Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon.
Remove from heat; stir in bourbon.
Top each serving with sweetened whipped cream.
Garnish with cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and apple slices, if desired. 
    Apple Cider Tea:
makes 8 cups
What you'll need:
  • 6 hibiscus tea bags
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 4 whole allspice 
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cups of apple cider

What you'll need to do:

Place hibiscus tea bags and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. 
Boil, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 2 cups.
Remove tea bags, and stir in whole allspice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.
Let cool about 1 hour; chill 1 hour.
Discard solids.
Cook tea mixture and apple cider in a large saucepan over medium heat until thoroughly heated.

   Rum Cider Tea
makes 9
What you'll need: 
  • 8 cups of cider
  • 1 cup of spiced rum

What you'll need to do:

Prepare Cider Tea as directed, stirring rum into cider mixture in saucepan. 

     Bourbon Cider Sour
makes 2 1/3 cups
What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cups of bourbon
  • 1 cups of apple cider
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Crushed ice

What you'll need to do:

Stir together each bourbon and apple cider, orange juice, and sugar. 
Pour over finely crushed ice. 

     Party Apple Punch
makes 13 cups
What you'll need:

  • 2 cups pear nectar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup of brandy
  • 2 bottles of  sparkling apple cider
  • 1 liter club soda

What you'll need to do:

Stir together chilled pear nectar, honey, and brandy in a large punch bowl. 
Stir in chilled sparkling apple cider and chilled club soda just before serving. 


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