A warming pot of spiced cider on the stove sets the scene for holiday festivities to come. Phoebe and I first drank this cider at one of our favorite events of the year–our friend Kate’s Christmas party. Kate’s mom would simply mull the cider with cinnamon sticks, warm it over the stove, and then add whisky at the end. While this is not the booziest of holiday drinks (you’ll need a lot to really get smashed), it does an expert job of setting the scene for the holidays.
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Warm Spiked Cider
Serves a crowd
3 gallons apple cider
½ a (750ml) bottle of Jack Daniels
10 cinnamon sticks
Slowly warm the apple cider and cinnamon sticks in a big soup pot. Add the Jack Daniels just before serving. Ladle out into in heat-proof cups.