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Cocktail of the Week: Hot Apple Cider with Sugared Cranberries

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It might not feel like fall yet, but once the weather gets chilly, I will be warming up with this hot apple cider cocktail. A generous splash of bourbon or dark rum gives the farmhouse staple kick, while fragrant allspice berries create a perfectly autumnal flavor. Add a couple of sugared cranberries atop stir sticks, and you have a cocktail fit for a fall or winter wedding. Having children at your wedding? You can also make a kid-friendly version by leaving out the alcohol. Get more signature drink recipes here or see more good things for fall weddings. Cheers!

Hot Apple Cider with Sugared Cranberries (Serves 4)

2 1/4 cups apple cider
2 whole allspice berries
3 ounces bourbon or dark rum
Sugared cranberries (recipe here)

Directions: Bring cider and allspice to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and cover. Let stand 10 minutes. Skim foam and strain, discarding the allspice. Ladle 1/2 cup hot cider into each mug, and add 3/4 ounce bourbon or dark rum. Garnish each glass with two sugared cranberries skewered on a stir stick.

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