A dab of butter adds richness to this flavorful, spiced cider.
Just picture it – the family, sitting around the fire on a cold Christmas Eve, everyone enjoying an nice Hot Buttered Spiced Cider. Yep, you read that right. This recipe comes from the queen of butter – Paula Deen – and would make a fantastic addition to your holiday celebrations.
Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions? It’s my mom’s birthday, so we always go out to breakfast for Christmas Eve morning. And then it has stared to become a tradition to all get together for cake that night, followed by going to see the city light display where my parents live. And this year, I just may have to add in having this Hot Buttered Spiced Cider ready for when we get home from the lights. Indulgent? Yes, but it is the holiday season! If you think the butter part is strange, you can definitely leave it out for a delicious spiced cider, but the butter does add a richness that you don’t get otherwise. But either way, it is a great way to warm up – especially if you drink it with family!
Spiced cider gets an added bit of richness from a pat of butter in this festive winter drink.
- 1/2 gallon apple cider
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 1 strip of zest
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 strip of zest
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- cinnamon candy sticks or cinnamon sticks, for garnish
- In a large pot, combine the cider, lemon juice, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, not allowing to boil.
- Ladle the cider into mugs, leaving the zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves in the pot. Add about 1/2 teaspoon butter to each mug. Serve with candy sticks or cinnamon sticks, if desired.
from Food Network Magazine November 2009