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Hot Thanksgiving Kickoff Cocktail

Mulled cider is a must for any holiday
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Mulled cider is just fine, but once you add a splash of bourbon, you're going to have a very happy Thanksgiving.

This recipe originally appeared in The Chicago Tribune.

Ready in
15 m
10 m
(prepare time)
5 m
(cook time)
12
Servings
180
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 1/4 Cups bourbon whiskey
  • 1/4 Cup orange liqueur
  • 1 hefty sprig of thyme
  • Lemon wedges
  • Garnish: small sprigs of thyme, tiny apples, orange wedges, apple slices, cranberries, cinnamon sticks

Directions

In a large pot or tea kettle, heat cider and thyme.

Remove thyme.

Drop 3 tablespoons bourbon, 1 teaspoon orange liqueur and a squeeze of lemon into each of 12 mugs.

Top with 6 to 8 tablespoons hot cider.

Garnish.

Enjoy.