The holiday season ushers in all kinds of warming specialty drinks to cozy up with around the house. This Hot Dickens Cider is named after A Christmas Carol author Charles Dickens. I have no idea why, as it’s a variant of the original recipe “borrowed” from my brother.

It’s a wonderful warming drink that carries a kick that can help you get some much earned holiday rest.

If mulled wine isn’t your thing and you’d like an alternative to keep warm while in hibernation, this might be to your taste.

Serves 6


Hot Dickens Cider
Ingredients:

6 ounces brandy (regular or specialty like Yukon Brewing’s anniversary edition)

2 cups apple cider

8 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp cloves

6 ounces spiced rum (optional)

Method:

Add brandy, apple cider, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks into a pot on low heat. Warm the mixture

Reduce heat and warm until the cinnamon sticks begin to unroll, about 15 minutes.

Strain cider to remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks.

Pour into mug and add a fresh cinnamon stick to serve. (Optional: For an extra kick, add 1 ounce spiced rum prior to serving.)