Spirited Cider

Growing up in Michigan, autumn meant frequent trips to the cider mill for cider and doughnuts. Franklin Cider Mill was the place to get the most amazing cake doughnuts that tasted like heaven, especially when washed down with fresh Michigan apple cider.  I’ve never had any cider- or doughnuts- that tasted as good!

Try this Spirited Cider recipe- perfect for tailgating, or after raking the leaves.


In a medium saucepan combine the cider, water, brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon stick; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon remove and discard the cloves and cinnamon stick. Stir in butter, bourbon and lemon juice. Reheat if needed. Divide between 4 coffee mugs; garnish each with a cinnamon stick and freshly grated nutmeg.

Yield: Serves 4

What's Needed:


2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons butter, chilled
3/4 cup bourbon
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Garnish: cinnamon sticks and ground nutmeg

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