This Fall inspired drink is so versatile it can be served as a cocktail (with tequila) or alcohol free as a spiced fruit juice; both enjoyable hot or cold! Follow this simple recipe and let this become a seasonal favourite to delight your taste buds.
Ingredients (approx. 4 cups):
- 4 cups apple juice
- 4 slices of fresh orange
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
For Alcoholic Cocktail or Hot Toddy:
- per serving: 1.5 oz tequila (mix with 4.5 oz spiced apple juice)
In a medium saucepan, add the apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon stick and nutmeg; bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
Reduce the heat to low, add the maple syrup and let simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Turn off the heat and let the spiced apple juice cool/marinade in the saucepan for another 10 minutes then pour the mixture through a strainer into a heatproof container.
For a hot toddy; one serving = add 1.5 oz tequila to 4.5 oz of hot spiced apple juice in a mug and drink immediately. You should get approximately seven servings.
For a cocktail; one serving = add 1.5 oz tequila to 4.5 oz of completely cooled spiced apple juice. Serve over ice cubes in a glass (add a cinnamon stick for decoration, if desired). You should get approximately seven servings.
For a non-alcoholic drink; one serving = 8 oz of either hot or cold spiced apple juice. You should get approximately four servings.
What are your best-loved Fall flavours? Do you have a preferred seasonal drink?
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