Hot Apple Pie (beverage); Not Necessarily like Mom’s

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • Zest of one orange, removed in one or two fat strips with a vegetable peeler
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 Tablespoons (3 ounces) butter, soft
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup light rum
  • About 3 Tablespoons applejack, optional

Combine the cider and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Using a skewer or toothpick, poke 8 holes into the strips of orange zest, and insert the cloves. Toss these, along with the cinnamon sticks, into the cider. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; allow to warm and infuse for 15 minutes.

Combine the soft butter, nutmeg, and allspice in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.

When ready to serve, add the rum to the cider pot, then ladle the mixture into cups. Top with a teaspoonful of spiced butter and a swirl of applejack, if desired. Garnish each cup with one of the cinnamon sticks.

Serves 8.

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