I’ve had this apple cider sitting in the fridge waiting to be used. Whatever shall I do with it? The boys enjoyed some hot cider on a chilly morning hike, but I wanted to spike it up for the grown ups.
Then came the question of which alcohols to use. I was in the mood for spiced rum and it seemed to go well with cider. Then I was inspired, both by a mistaken purchase and memories of a favorite apple dessert.
It began when I arrived home from the liquor store and noticed I bought a bottle of hazelnut liqueur, the problem being I apparently already had a bottle, UNOPENED no less! I blame it on the fact that much of our alcohol sits in a box in the garage since there isn’t enough room in the house. That kind of makes it easy to forget things.
So back to my drink. We have spiced rum and apple cider. The hazelnut liqueur is the perfect match. After all my favorite apple dessert is an apple tart. I frequently make it with hazelnuts instead of almonds so I know I love that combination. Now all we need is a dollop of whipped cream to top it off.
There you have it, a hint of nut and spice make the perfect apple cider cocktail. Sean seems to have benefitted from this as well. After I photographed the drink he asked for a hot apple cider and used the cinnamon stick as a straw. He thought it was the neatest thing ever and told his brothers as soon as they got off the bus! As for forgetting what alcohol we have, I rearranged the pantry later that day and now have everything in one place!
Nutty Spiced Apple Cider
6 oz. apple cider
3/4 oz. hazelnut liqueur
3/4 oz. spiced rum
Heat the apple cider, add liquors and stir. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Yields one serving