This is normally the time of year when I start breaking out hot drinks.
Hot cider. Hot chocolate. Hot tea. Hot cocktails. Hot everything.
But our last week has not felt like December at all – we had temps in the 60s all weekend. Where are you winter?
I’m fine with having a stretch of nicer weather, but it throws me off when I’m trying to plan winter meals and drinks. I mean, hot soup isn’t the best option when the weather is nice enough that you’re literally flying a kite outside in a t-shirt.
The only reason I want winter back is because I have a ton of apple cider to use, and I want it hot! And for that to happen, I need to be freezing. See, I’m strange when it comes to drink temperatures. Most of the year, I want things room temperature – unless I am dying of heat or just finished a crazy hard workout (which, let’s be honest, neither of those happens very often). I like my water closer to room temp than ice cold, and I almost never use ice in my drinks.
But besides coffee in the morning, I only like hot drinks if I am super cold and seriously need something hot to warm myself back up. I’m a weird one. I know.
So drink this iced. Make it hot. It doesn’t matter how you have it – just make it.
Cider Orange Bourbon Chiller
Makes: 1 drink. Multiply as needed.
- 2 oz. apple cider
- 2 oz. orange juice (your favorite brand or fresh squeezed)
- 1.5 oz. bourbon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Add a handful of ice to a glass.
- Pour the apple cider, orange juice, bourbon, and lemon juice over the ice.
- Stir together and serve.