It's Friday and I found a tasty way to help knock the chill out of the air.
Who doesn't love apple cider? Especially this time of year. With the warming spices and crisp apples, it's the perfect accompaniment to all the comfort foods of the season.
Served hot or cold or even non-alcoholic, this is a crowd pleaser. And the fact that you can make it in batches, freeing you up to enjoy your gatherings, really makes it a worthy addition to your cocktail recipe arsenal.
Credit where credit is due. I found this particular recipe on this lovely blog.
Cider Rum Punch
8 ounces dark rum
3 ounces lemon juice
4 ounces thyme simple syrup
12 ounces apple cider
4 ounces water
4 ounces club soda
8 dashed of Angostura Bitters
sprigs of thyme, garnish
apple wheels, garnish
To make thyme simple syrup, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water and 6 thyme sprigs in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring up to a boil and reduce to simmer, until the sugar has fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and place the syrup in the fridge to cool.
Place all the ingredients in a large picture or carafe with ice and stir.
Fill your glasses with crushed ice and fill. Place a sprig of thyme inside and put an apple wheel on the rim.