Autumn Cider

The season is changing. You can feel it in the calm Benicia breeze, the foggy mornings roll in and you’re craving cozy comfort.

Relaxation is key before the holidays ramp up. You’ll need something hot to soothe your soul before your relatives show up and the constant last minute shopping begins. A spicy autumn cider will do the trick.

Hot & Spicy Cider

Purchase your favorite Apple Cider (not sparkling). Traders Joe’s currently carries my favorite juice. Place into a soup pot, with your desired amount of juice. I’m starting with a basic little pot. 

Add cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with two slices of lemon or orange. Place on Med/Low heat and bring to a simmer. Once a simmer has started, stir occasionally and bring the heat to low and cover for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. 


  • 8 oz Apple Cider/Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon or 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • a few cloves (optional)
  • 2 slices of citrus
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Add your Booze

Once your base has been created and cooled to a safe drinking temperature, pour into your favorite mug. 

Add your favorite bourbon, brandy, or spice things up with a delicious spiced bourbon. My personal favorite is Jim Beam Red Stag Cinnamon Spiced Whiskey. 


  • 1 Cup of Apple Cider Base (desire heat)
  • 1 Tbsp of Torani Simple Syrup  
  • 1 1/2 oz of your choice of Whiskey

Be sure to enjoy after your trips to Target.