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Need something to warm you up during this artic blast?

Published January 21, 2014 by jenmatteson

We had a long awaited drink tasting party at our house in December, with a Secret Santa theme.  We’d already had a holiday drink theme a few years ago, so we wanted to keep it holiday-ish, but also not do the same theme we’ve had in the past.  What we did was draw names out of a hat to decide who had who as a Secret Santa.  Each couple or person was assigned a secret ingredient from their Secret Santa, which was required to be in their drink.  We definitely had some interesting ingredients – wasabi, lychee fruit, Chinese five spice (what we assigned :P), and then we had some main stream ingredients, such as ginger and oranges, which is what we were assigned.

Though we had a pretty common ingredient, we still wanted to make something somewhat creative, so we made a spiced cider with brandy.  I wasn’t really sure that I liked brandy before this experiment, but it goes perfectly with this cider recipe.  Nate and I have made it on Sunday to drink with the early football game!

It’s mostly a combination of spices you’ll already have in your collection, plus cider, oranges and brandy.  Pretty simple, right?  Oh, and it tastes so good, especially if you are nursing a cold!

Spiced Cider with Brandy

Orange You Glad this Cider has Brandy In It?

(Sorry, we couldn’t come up with a better name, and I wanted to use my secret ingredient in the title – lame, I know)

Source: Adapted from Unknown Source (Nate found it and was never able to find it again :()
Servings: 8-10


12 cups apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1 orange, cut into rounds
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
1 oz fresh peeled ginger
1 1/2 cups brandy


1. In a deep saucepan, mix all ingredients except brandy.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain cider into mugs and serve with a dash of brandy, if desired.

Apple Pie Bourbon

Published November 25, 2012 by jenmatteson

I stumbled across this website a few weeks ago, and decided I needed to start following it immediately.  So many cool ideas for drinks!  The apple pie bourbon was the first thing I saw and I wanted to make it for our friends Thanksgiving.  Bonus: I could make a pie with the apples after they’ve infused the bourbon.  Neato!!

I’m not generally a bourbon person, but this just sounded so delicious that I had to try it.  I served it with dessert, which was the bourbon apple pie, and they went so well together (duh!).  I didn’t heat the glasses well enough, but the bourbon was definitely better a little warmed rather than room temperature.  The spices really came through and it tasted far less bourbony than I anticipated.  I cannot wait to try more recipes from Boozed + Infused!

Apple Pie Bourbon

Source: Adapted from Boozed + Infused


750 ml bourbon
3 granny smith apples, cored and cut in 1/2-inch dice
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean, split


1. Place apples, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean in large jar.  Add bourbon, making sure all apple slices are covered.  Close tightly and shake or stir every few days.  Allow to infuse for about a month (this means you’ll want to taste it every week or so) until it reaches your desired taste.  Strain through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

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