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12.06.2012

TASTE.23

Ask and you shall receive.  I was looking for the perfect holiday drink to wind down a long and stressful week and stumbled upon this lovely little concoction by spoon fork bacon.  How could you resist Honeycrisp & Bourbon Spiced Cider in the midst of the holiday season. I definitely couldn't.  Enjoy!
HONEYCRISP & BOURBON
SPICED CIDER

| ingredients | 
6 cups honeycrisp cider
peel of one lemon
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 cups bourbon

for the garnish
2 honeycrisp apples
thinly sliced

| directions | 
place cider, lemon peel, cloves, star anise
cinnamon sticks, ginger, and sugar
into a medium pot and bring to a simmer

simmer for ten minutes, cover, 
remove from heat
and steep for one hour
place mixture over stove again
and heat through until warmed

strain mixture and stir in buorbon
to serve, use a 1 1/2 in curcle cutter
cut star centers our from the thin slices
of apple and remove all seeds

pour cider into individual glass mugs
and top with *stary* apple cut out
and serve

| enjoy | 
by the fire, with loved ones watching old holiday movies---such as Elf or Fred Clause.  



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