Hello fellow imbibers! I am here with yet another seasonal cocktail. This one does not have as much alcohol as my rosemary and ginger beer cocktail (sadly) but it still packs a ton of winter time flavors. Plus, the smell of cinnamon, clove and apple will not only fill your whole house with a yummy aroma, it tastes almost as good as how snuggling a puppy feels. A pug to be exact. You can snuggle a pug whilst drinking this and you are guaranteed to have a good night. Anyway, this ain’t your average apple cider cocktail.
Recipe (serves about 6)
½ gallon apple juice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (similar to allspice)
12 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks (or more for garnish)
First things first, grab a large pot. Add the apple juice, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, cinnamon sticks and satsuma and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn to low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir this occasionally.
I used a satsuma because I have a small tree in my backyard, but feel free to use an orange, lemon, or any other citrus.
Once the flavors have had time to merry together (see what I did there?) and your house smells like a winter wonderland, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool. Next, grab a strainer and place it in a large bowl. Gently our the drink mixture into it. Once the satsuma, cloves and cinnamon sticks have been strained off and discarded, pour the drink mixture into a pitcher and set in the fridge to chill for an hour or two.
Now it is time to serve these bad boys up! Get your glass and fill it halfway with the drink mix. Then fill the other half of the glass with the champagne of your choice. I chose the cheapest champs I could find because in the end, it all gives you a headache anyway. Grab a cinnamon stick and place in the glass to function as a stirrer.
Take a sip and tell me that doesn’t wanna make you cuddle a puppy. Grab a pug and drink on!