Warm Vanilla Cider

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.

16 Responses to “Warm Vanilla Cider”

  1. #
    Blond Duck — December 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Your skillet cinnamon apples were just what I was wanting! I’d remembered them but lost the recipe! Thanks so much!

  2. #
    5 Star Foodie — December 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    The cider with vanilla sounds awesome! I also really loved your recipe for the Rum Spiked White Hot Chocolate! So many wonderful holiday drink ideas!

  3. #
    Cakelaw — December 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Vanilla cider – what’s not to love?

  4. #
    mrscummingsrx — December 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    mmmm the vanilla addition to mulled cider sounds delish! nice recipe 🙂

  5. #
    Joanne — December 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I am such such such a vanilla lover. This sounds delicious! Maybe even with a caramel drizzle…

  6. #
    Katerina — December 7, 2010 at 6:23 am

    This vanilla definitely adds to the aroma of this drink.

  7. #
    Tiffany — December 7, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Anything vanilla especially with cider has got to be so tasty. This looks great!

  8. #
    Chiara — December 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Mmmm…. more cider! I love it!!!

  9. #
    Heavenly Housewife — December 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Daaahling, by the time Christmas rolls around, you are going to be in a stupor LOL.
    *kisses* HH

  10. #
    Erica — December 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    oh my gosh- I just want a cup full of that vanilla whipped cream 🙂

  11. #
    Faith — December 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Mmm, vanilla in cider sounds amazing! I swoon for vanilla too…even the scent alone mesmerizes me! 🙂 (Oddly enough I hate the smell of those pseudo-vanilla perfumes though…gag!)

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    Blond Duck — December 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm


  13. #
    grace — December 8, 2010 at 8:24 am

    how is it possible that you’ve posted six drinks that i’d love when i could’ve sworn i didn’t like anything boozy at all? 🙂

  14. #
    Jessica @ Burlap and Butter Knives — September 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I still am loving this recipe!! Perfection!


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