This to me is the quintessential fall cocktail. It is nothing fussy or fancy, it’s just darned good.

It’s what you want to be drinking when you’re walking about your neighbourhood on a fall evening. It’s what you want to be drinking when you come in from the cold and curl up on the couch to warm up. It’s what you want to be drinking after a bad day at work when you just need something comforting. And it’s probably what you want to be serving on Thanksgiving, when your friends first walk in the door.

It’s painfully simple, but there is something kind of cathartic about standing by your stove, stirring the pot with a wooden spoon and letting your apartment pick up the apples, cinnamon and ginger.

And then it’s made ever so much better by adding in bourbon. Like most things life right?

Saucy Hot Ciders

Makes 4 Drinks

  • 3 cups Fresh Press Cider
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (plus more for garnishes if you’d like)
  • 1 inch knob of Fresh Ginger
  • 2 cloves
  • ¼ pice of Star Anise
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 oz Bourbon

With a paring knife peel the ginger and slice it into thin strips

Mix the ginger with other spices, sugar, and cider in a medium sized pot.

Over medium heat bring it up to a simmer and let it sit there, bubbling gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turn off the heat and add in the vanilla.

Pour 1 oz bourbon into 4 mugs.

Top with the cider, and garnish with a cinnamon stick