Author Notes: This drink is perfect for staying home and getting your hygge on. Hot cider is infused with chai tea and spiked with rum to make the coziest of drinks. When developing this recipe, I found that ground spices float on top of the cider and whole spices take nearly an hour to impart their flavor. Infusing hot cider with tea bags eliminates these problems – you get all of the flavor in only 10 minutes. Also it's like 3 bucks to buy a box of tea vs. buying a bunch of spices you'll probably never use again. I love using chai because of the added cardamom, but you can try out other teas if that's not your thing. Anything with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, clove, etc. would be awesome in this. —Look Cook
cups apple cider
chai rooibos tea bags (labels removed)
tablespoons fresh orange juice
shots dark rum
- In a medium saucepan, add the apple cider, tea bags, and orange juice. Give it a stir and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the tea steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove the tea bags, strain the cider (optional) into 2 mugs, then top each with an apple slice to make it look fancy. At this point you can drink it as is, or add a shot of rum to each mug because why not.