“Nothing says autumn like the orange and reddish hued leaves accumulating on the ground, the not hot but not too cold temperature, and of course the seasonally anticipated apple cider and cinnamon donuts. Apples of all varieties are at its freshest during this time and the nostalgia of orchard trips followed by the kitchen creations from apple pie to canned apple sauce, is sure to send you into a state of sublime. This warm and silky beverage highlights the sweetness of the apples with traditional mulling spices; however, to take it to the top – my CHEF BLEND Hot Sauce is added to provide a subtle kick with an explosion of flavor. Of course we can’t forget the rum!”
Spiked Apple Cider With A Kick
By: Chef Judson Todd Allen
Preparation Time: 10-12 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
1 gallon fresh apple cider
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
2 tablespoons CHEF BLEND Hot Sauce
Dark Rum of your choice
Place your whole cloves into the apples (studding). In a large stock-pot over a medium heat, add your apple cider and remaining ingredients, except for the rum.
Bring liquid to a simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the apple with cloves. Add rum at the end to your liking.
Ladle into festive mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks or orange slices.