5 *Spiked* Cider Recipes That Will Make the Most of Apple-Picking Season

Mmmmmm.

There may be only one thing more satisfying than apple cider in autumn: spiked apple cider. All those orchards are fodder for some serious boozy splendor, which is why we've searched for some of the best apple cider drinks to mull at home (preferably by the fire, preferably in pajamas). Ahead, the best and most indulgent, whether you want to sip on a classic hot toddy or a spicy whipped cream treat.

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Spiked Maple Apple Cider

A sweeter drink to sip on for dessert.

Ingredients:

5 cups Apple Cider

2 shots Maple Flavored Whiskey

2 shots Apple Liqueur (recommended: Thatcher's)

4 Cinnamon Sticks

1/2 Apple (sliced)

1/2 cups of Orange Juice

Directions:

Combine in a teapot and serve.

Bourbon Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Double or triple the ingredients and you've got enough for a party.

Ingredients:

4 cups Apple Cider

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 tblsp. Orange Juice

3 Whole Cloves

1 Star Anise

Bourbon (recommended: Bulleit or Basil Hayden's)

Directions:

Place the apple cider, cinnamon stick, orange juice, cloves, and star anise in a small pot and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a pitcher. In glass add 2 oz. bourbon and 1 cup of the cider mix. Garnish with an orange slice and stick of cinnamon.

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Hot and Spicy Cider

An extra indulgent drink for a cozy night in.

Ingredients:

1 part Pinnacle Atomic Vodka

1 cup Hot Apple Cider

Whipped Cream

Cinnamon and Cardamom

Directions:

Pour vodka into a heat-proof mug then, fill the rest of the mug with hot apple cider. Top with cinnamon, cardamom, and whipped cream.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

For when autumn colds strike.

Ingredients:

1 Green Tea or Black Tea Bag (recommended: Tazo China Green Tips)

1½ oz. Rye Whiskey or Bourbon (recommended: Bulleit)

1 oz. Real Apple Cider

½ Small Lemon

Garnishes: thin, round slices of lemon, a cinnamon stick, and star anise

Directions:

Heat water to the boiling point and pour over the tea bag in a mug. Leave about an inch of room in your mug for the whiskey and cider. Let the tea steep for a few minutes, then discard the bag so the tea doesn't get bitter. Pour in the whiskey or bourbon and a hefty splash of apple cider (adjust these amounts to suit your tastes). Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and garnish with lemon slices, a cinnamon stick, and a star anise. Sip up.

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Hot Buttered Cider with Rum

We can't say that it's healthy, but we *can* say that it's yummy.

Ingredients:

64 oz. All Natural Apple Cider

1 stick (1/2 cup) Unsalted Butter, cut into tablespoons

1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed

1-1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

1/8 tsp. Salt

Rum (or apple brandy)

Cinnamon, as a garnish (or lemongrass)

Directions:

Bring the apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn the heat down to low. Stir in the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Continue stirring until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Ladle the buttered cider into mugs. Top each drink off with a shot of rum and garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve hot.

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