Ahhh….it’s Friday. The end of the week for many of us. Time to enjoy family togetherness and time to enjoy a new beverage concoction.
Today’s drink is provided by a woman who has influenced my outlook as a Mom and CEO of my household. Love her or hate her, there’s no denying the impact she’s had on women (and men, too!) in the last 20 + years. I unabashedly admit to her being one of my idols!
In recent news, it was announced that her show’s been cancelled. *sniff* But, I plan on keeping her spirit alive this weekend and bring you her Warm Vanilla Cider. I see a lot of additional calories in my future, but look how delicious it looks?! It looks absolutely perfect on a cold Winter night such as tonight. So, make up a batch after the kids have gone to bed, put a log on the fire, and snuggle up to your partner with this hot toddy!
And, by the way…where’s the rain? The snow? Come on Mother Nature, let’s get this Winter started!
Warm Vanilla Cider
6 Cups Fresh Apple Cider
2 TBLS Packed Brown Sugar
2 Whole Nutmeg Seeds
1 Vanilla Bean, split and scrapped
6 ounces (3/4 Cup) Bourbon, if desired
Combine apple cider, dark brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium sauce pan. Gently simmer over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among 6 mugs or heat proof glasses. Top each with a dollop of whipped cream.