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Warm Vanilla Cider

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Welcome to day six of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

I know I already posted a recipe for mulled cider but this warm vanilla cider is equally delicious.  It’s spiked with bourbon and filled with tons of vanilla flavor. I swear vanilla just makes me swoon.  When I see it in a title of a recipe I get really excited.  I know it’s lame to get that excited over a bean…but it’s an awesome bean! Is there anyone out there that hates vanilla? If so speak up. I want to know why…

Ok back to the cider. It’s good. Try it. You’ll thank me 🙂


Warm Vanilla Cider

Yield: 6 drinks

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


6 cups fresh apple cider
2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
2 whole nutmeg seeds
1 vanilla bean - split and scraped
6 ounces bourbon
Vanilla Whipped cream


Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream.

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