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.
- 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
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.