Hot Spiked Cider

Another one of our Christmas traditions in Virginia is enjoying Hot Spiked Cider on Winter Holidays. When Fiancé and I arrived Christmas morning at my parents house, we had a mug of Hot Spiked Cider that my dad had just finished brewing waited for us.

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Here is how my dad makes it:

Ingredients

1 quart water, 3 orange spice tea bags, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 2 cups apple cider, 1 1/2 cups light rum, 8 cinnamon sticks

Directions

  1. Pour water into large saucepan and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes then remove tea bags.
  2. Stir in sugar, apple cider, rum and 2 of the cinnamon sticks. Heat to steaming – do not boil alcohol. This will cause a flash of a fire flame! 🙂
  3. Ladle hot cider into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick!
  4. Enjoy with family and loved ones!

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Are you a hot spiked cider fan? What is your favorite hot winter drink? It can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Patty O December 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I love hot spiked cider. This recipe is delish! It's always a big hit at parties as well.

  • Reply Krista (kristastes) December 28, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Yum!! Love hot cider, spiked or alcohol free 🙂

  • Reply Shannon December 28, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Cider is so yummy. I've never tried it spiked. Maybe next holiday season I'll whip up a batch.

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