Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Martini Club Presents: Penny's Hot Brandy Cider

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat... 

Time for some holiday cocktails! 

Here's one of my favorite holiday drinks. You can drink it without the alcohol (why?), or you can add a nice healthy shot of apple brandy (yippeeeeee!).

Penny's Hot Brandy Cider


apple cider
mulling spices (if you don't have this, add pieces of cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, citrus peel, etc)
Laird's Applejack Brandy

Put apple cider in a pot over the stove. Slowly heat. Be careful not to bring it to a boil, or it will make a gigantic mess, spill over the side of the pot, and generally cause a big ruckus. (Not that I have any first-hand experience with this. Ahem). Add mulling spices to cider. If you don't have the mulling spices, just chuck in some cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and other fun stuff into the pot. When the cider mixture is nice and hot, get another pot and strainer. Strain out the mulling spices. Pour hot cider into a mug and add a nice big, healthy shot of Laird's Applejack Brandy. (I like to count one-one thousand, two-one thousand, and then stop). If you are serving this to guests, you can add a cinnamon stick and orange slice to the mug for a fancy-pants look. This is a great drink for parties, because A) it makes your house smell great, B) the kids can have the non-alcoholic version, and C) the adults can have the "festive" version.


Counting down to Christmas *slurp*