Thirsty Thursday: Warm Vanilla Cider


6 cups fresh apple cider 

2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar 

2 whole nutmeg seeds 

1 vanilla bean (split and scraped) 

6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired 

Whipped cream 

Honeyed Walnuts


  1. Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.



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