this post was created in collaboration with 2towns Cider, while this is a sponsored post it is with product that I believe in with a company that reflects my values. Plus I just really like their cider. The opinions are entirely my own.
Imperial Hard Cider topped with an easy homemade honey hot buttered rum batter will keep you toasty from top to toes! This is a delicious low alcohol winter warmer that adapts effortlessly to being just a bit more boozy (try it with bourbon!)
The minute I tasted the 2Towns’ The Bad Apple knew we were going to get along- an Imperial Hard Cider that is bold (think hints of oak and honey) but not obnoxiously so. If The Bad Apple was a bad boyfriend he’d be more the ticket for speeding type than the hard time in prison sort. But at 10.5 % alcohol you really shouldn’t be driving so snuggle up with a hot buttered hard cider instead.
Why Bourbon instead of Rum? The sweet oaky notes of a bourbon or rye compliment the subtle honey in the cider (and the batter of course). A golden rum would also work but to be honest I like this straight up- hot cider and batter.
- 500 mL 2 Towns Bad Apple Hard Cider (one bottle)
- 1/4 cup honey (warm enough to easily stir)
- 1/4 cup salted butter (softened)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I used Penzeys, you can substitute 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg, a pinch of ground cloves)
- 1 ounce bourbon or rye (optional)
soften butter and warm honey if necessary- mix thoroughly
store in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two or refrigerated for one to two weeks
pour four ounces of cider into a heat proof glass, microwave until hot (30 seconds in my low powered old microwave)
add 1 tablespoon of batter and stir until combined
add 1/2 to one ounce of bourbon as a floater if you want extra holiday spirit