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Spiced Cider

From "Pickles, Pigs, & Whiskey" by John Currence/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
I am not sure who the bartender was at City Grocery about 15 years ago who commandeered a Farmer Brothers’ glass coffeepot and started making the City Grocery Spiced Cider, but I do know I want to kiss him. There is very little on this earth better on a cold night than combining warm apple cider and bourbon with a blend of exotic spices. The smell fills the room, and more than a couple of these will put you on your ass. Believe . . .
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Holiday Beverage
Servings 8 to 10


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • Peel of ½ medium orange
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 2 cups W. G. Weller bourbon
  • Lemon twists for garnish
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish


  • Combine the cider, orange and lemon peels, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice berries in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep for 7 to 10 minutes. Strain the liquid into a coffeepot, discard the solids, and add the bourbon. Serve warm in coffee mugs with a twist of lemon and grated nutmeg.
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