Cider with a Buzz

Serves 8 to 10

A fall favorite from chef John Currence

Photo: Lara Tomlin

“I am not sure who the bartender was at City Grocery about fifteen years ago who commandeered a Farmer Brothers’ glass coffeepot and started making the City Grocery Spiced Cider, but I do know I want to kiss him. There is very little on this earth better on a cold night than combining warm apple cider and bourbon with a blend of exotic spices. The smell fills the room, and more than a couple of these will put you on your backside. Believe…” —John Currence


    • 4 cups apple cider

    • Peel of 1/2 medium orange

    • Peel of 1 lemon

    • 1 stick cinnamon

    • 4 whole cloves

    • 3 allspice berries

    • 2 cups W. L. Weller bourbon

    • Lemon twists, for garnish

    • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


  1. Combine the cider, orange and lemon peels, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice berries in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep for 7 to 10 minutes.

  2. Strain the liquid into a coffeepot, discard the solids, and add the bourbon. Serve warm in coffee mugs with a twist of lemon and grated nutmeg.

Recipe from Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey  Andrews McMeel Publishing