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 (¾ 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.

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