It’s my most favorite time of year. The leaves have changed colors, the air is clear and brisk, and all I want to do is be next to the fire with a huge cable-knit sweater, a great read, and a big ‘ole cup of apple cider. Being that I no longer live in a house with my parents, I am sadly down one fireplace, but excitedly up one fiery drink. If you’re looking for the perfect Fall beverage that will warm you from head to toe like the best down comforter, snuggling puppy, and cinnamon candle adorned coffee table all mixed into one, I’ve gone and found it for you!
The inspiration started with hands down the best apple cider I’ve ever tried. I love that hand pressed, straight from the farm stuff they sell for $8 a jug, do not get me wrong; but after stumbling across the $3 bottle of spiced apple cider from Trader Joe’s, I just don’t know if I can go back. This stuff is seriously packed with spiced flavor and apple goodness. It’s like dessert in a cup, and it’s so cheap!
With my heavenly apple cider base, the only way to go from there was to add some whiskey and be on my way to the couch! Seriously, I wanted to add more spices to be more creative but this stuff needs nothing added to it.
Check out this super simple recipe, perfect for a post Thanksgiving feast! I shared mine with some great friends and a game of Settlers of Catan. I hope you have a marvelous holiday filled with loving family, amazing friends, and FOOD!
Fireside Apple Cider
6 oz. Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Cider
1 oz. Bourbon
Apple slice, Rosemary Sprig, and Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)
Put your apple cider into a microwavable mug and throw it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Remove the mug and add your bourbon. Stir it all up with a rosemary sprig and garnish with a thin apple slice (my faves are jazz apples and pink ladies) and a cinnamon stick.
If you’re making this for Thanksgiving, you can make a bulk batch of this stuff and throw it on the stove in a big pot. People can serve themselves all night, and you can take a nap after preparing that feast!
Recipe by Bunny Baubles Blog