Hot Buttered Bourbon and Cider

"This wonderful drink actually makes you look forward to the cooler weather. And it's great at Thanksgiving or Christmas in lieu of mulled wine, etc. Garnish this warming drink with lemon slices and a cinnamon stick."
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  • Bring the first 5 ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let steep for about 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 T. chilled butter to saucepan; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in bourbon and lemon juice. Strain into a large measuring cup.
  • Divide hot cider among 4 mugs. Cut 1 T. butter into 4 pieces. Add 1 piece to each mug. Sprinkle nutmeg over.

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  1. What an absolutely delicious treat this was. We really enjoyed all the flavors in this hot drink. It was spicy, sweet, tart and tangy. This wonderful cider was quick and really easy to make with terrific results. Made exactly as written for FYC Tag Game 2014 and I wouldn't change a thing.


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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