Hot Pumpkin Cider with Brandy (or not!)

20181213_160852Hot cider and tea are nice touches for cold nights, but sometimes you want a little something more.  A little somethin’-somethin’.  You know.  Booze.

You’ll start this recipe with a batch of apple cider.  I already have a recipe for you!

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What’s also nice is something that can be put together in short order, and maybe even made to share with friends, because drinking alone is sometimes frowned upon.  Even more nice, is something that can be made in larger quantities, stored away in the frig, and brought out bit by bit or served as a feature drink at your next holiday gathering.  So many excuses to indulge!

20181213_205359For the best flavor, you will want to start with honest-to-goodness spiced apple cider, either homemade or purchased.  Make this drink in advance to allow the flavors to blend, and then reheat before serving, if you’d like.  You can leave the brandy on the side and serve the remaining ingredients as a more kid friendly drink, or for those who don’t choose to imbibe.  This means everyone gets to join in the fun!

Hot Pumpkin Cider with Brandy Recipe

  • Difficulty: easier than pie!
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The amounts below make two servings.  You can also make this in much larger batches.


  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree, canned or homemade, not pumpkin pie filling!
  • 3/4 c. spiced apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • whipped cream
  • brandy
  • ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg


In a small pot or microwave safe bowl, put the pumpkin, apple cider, and brown sugar together and heat until very hot, but not boiling.  Pour into individual cups, add a splash of brandy to your preferred strength if desired, top with a little dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg (or both!).

If you are making a larger batch for a crowd, you can prepare the liquid in advance, then reheat before serving.  Have a bowl of whipped cream on the side for guests to add, along with the brandy and a cinnamon shaker.  The party is ready!


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