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Warm Vanilla Cider

With whipped cream and honeyed walnuts, this drink is like a dessert. And when made without the bourbon, it's perfect for children.

  • Yield: Makes 6
Warm Vanilla Cider

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2009


  • 6 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 whole nutmeg seeds
  • 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped)
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired
  • Whipped cream
  • Honeyed Walnuts


  1. 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 whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.

Reviews (3)

  • Brawoiseau64 18 Jan, 2014

    Made this using a few alternatives. Probably lots of variations you could try depending on your preferred drink. Mine ended up being more of a vanilla toddy. Used Scotch whisky instead of Bourbon. Carton of Apple juice. I used vanilla paste from a jar. The vanilla flavour was quite strong to me. I did notice that it was less so once the alcohol was added....Scotch has a strong flavour though. All in all a good recipe. Nice to try! I think I'll try variations on it. Great without alcohol too!

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 23 Jan, 2013

    Warm Vanilla Cider
    Russell's Wednesday Dinner
    Nutrious and Delicious!

  • jessica lantz 31 Dec, 2012

    I was expecting a stronger vanilla flavor, but this just didn't deliver. Better results came from simmering apple cider and adding vanilla extract.
    Did not want to make again, but if I did, I would simmer for longer to see if I could get a deeper flavor.

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