Cider, Cookies, and Cinn – Oh my!

A few of the creative designs from the cookie decorating party. Well, before I ate them all...

We’ve moved from carrot cake to cookies in this quick cocktail post, as I thought to share with you a few photos from my friend’s annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. All the gals invited were asked to bring something to contribute to the party and, as per normal, I supplied some booze.

Spiked Apple Cider was our treat for the evening’s festivities (along with a great bottle of Australian syrah, but I digress…), and Hiram Walker’s Original Cinn was there for the fixin’. I added some muddling spices to the cider to start things off: allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg… Once heated up and  ready to go, I added two parts Original Cinn, 1/2 part fresh lime juice, and a healthy pour of local, New England apple cider. I grabbed a few cinnamon sticks for a garnish and – Done!

Spiked Apple Cider with Hiram Walker Original Cinn

Most traditional Toddy recipes would call for another spirit, such as whiskey or brandy or rum, to be added to the drink, but I thought the high proof of the Original Cinn held up nicely with the warm cider. However, if you are looking for a drink with a few more complex flavors joining the party, the Hot Cinn Apple Toddy just may do the trick:

Hot Cinn Apple Toddy:

  • 1 ½ parts bourbon
  • 1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • Fill with hot apple cider
  • Green apple slice dipped in hot caramel or cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the bourbon, schnapps, and lemon juice into an Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir well. Fill with hot apple cider. Garnish with the green apple or a cinnamon stick.

Happy Holidays!

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