This simple spiced apple cider recipe with bourbon and a clove-studded clementine pomander makes for the perfect holiday cocktail.
Author: Brooklyn Supper
40or so whole cloves
2clementines, 1 whole and 1 thinly sliced
1small apple, thinly sliced horizontally with seeds removed
2lemons, 1 thinly sliced plus 2 tablespoons juice from the other
First, make your clementine pomander. Use a sharp knife to poke holes every half inch or so in 6 vertical strips. Pierce each hole with a whole clove.
Pour cider into a large sauce pan, add pomander, clementine and lemon slices, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, allspice, and star anise. Warm over medium heat until cider is steamy, then turn heat to low and simmer for at least 20 minutes.
To serve, ladle about 3/4 cup cider into mugs. Fish citrus and apple slices out of cider pot for garnish. If desired, top off with 1 1/2 ounces bourbon for each 3/4 cup cider.