Cozy up by the fireplace with a good book and this spiked apple cider by Damon Shattuck of Elaine’s on Franklin. It’s just as good with Rye whiskey, brandy or dark or spiced rum.
1 3⁄4 oz. Basil Hayden’s bourbon
1 oz. homemade cider (recipe below) Star anise for garnishing
Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Add garnish.
1 gallon apple cider
1⁄4 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. fresh ginger, shaved
A pinch or two of fresh ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until the cider reduces to just more than half.