Join cider and wine for a warm autumnal beverage.
If a trip to an apple orchard yields a sweetly tart purchase of apple cider, be sure to save some for a batch of “drunken” cider.
Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider
- 1/2 gallon apple cider
- 3/4 bottle of Gewurztraminer (or other white wine, which is not too dry)
- 4 to 5 cinnamon sticks
- 4 to 5 cloves
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 3 to 4 Tbsp. honey
- 1 cup fresh cranberries (or apple cubes)
Put the cider and spices in a pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes. When on low heat, add the wine. Do not boil again, so the alcohol won’t evaporate too much; just let it warm. Add the cranberries, and simmer for a few more minutes until they color the liquid a bit.