Hot Buttered Bourbon

A drinkable solution to harsh winter winds that puts hair on the chest of the classic cocktail.


  • 2 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch allspice
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 12 ounces bourbon
  • 11 1/2 cups hot apple cider
  • Lemon or orange slices, optional


  1. Begin by mixing the butter with the brown sugar and spices and evenly dividing the mixture between two small mugs.
  2. To each mug, add half an ounce or an ounce worth of bourbon, depending on how strong you prefer your cocktail.
  3. Finally, fill each mug to the top with hot apple cider and stir until the butter is completely melted.
  4. Serve hot with a spritz of citrus juice.
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