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Hot cider toddy

Hot cider toddy
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

After last-minute shopping at two malls and a side trip to find wrapping paper only to come home and discover you've run out of Scotch tape, nothing makes the holidays happier than a good stiff drink. It's even better if ... Read more

Total time: 10 minutes | Serves 1
  • 1 1/2 ounces bonded Apple Jack
  • 1/4 ounce maple syrup (or more as desired, depending on the tartness of your apple juice)
  • 6 ounces hot fresh-pressed apple juice (heated in a tea kettle)
  • 3 slices crab apple for garnish, very thinly sliced
  • Grated cinnamon for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

Step 1Into an 8-ounce glass mug, pour the Apple Jack and maple syrup. Top off with the hot apple cider, and stir gently with a spoon. Garnish with slices of crab apple, freshly grated cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.

Note: Adapted from Marcos Tello, 1886. For the apple juice, peel and core any type of apple and feed through a juicer. Strain and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Alternatively, unfiltered fresh apple juice can be found in the refrigerated section of well-stocked supermarkets.

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