Winter cocktails are one of my favorite drinks categories. They’re the drinks version of comfort food. I particularly love a recipe for a hot cocktail that walks the line between decadent and refreshing. And I found everything I wanted in this spiked apple cider recipe from Partida Tequila.
The right spirit for hot cider cocktails
The tequila distillery sent me this easy spiked cider recipe they’ve dubbed The Heated Affair along with a bottle of their añejo tequila. I’m not a proponent of hot spiked apple cider recipes made with rum. I find that the warmed, spiced apple drink in combination with a cane-based spirit is simply too sweet. As I mentioned, I like balanced flavor in a hot cocktail recipe. But the idea of a hot apple cider alcoholic drink made with tequila intrigued me. What is unusual is that this cocktail recipe calls for an añejo tequila.
What is añejo tequila?
Partida’s añejo tequila is a deep, golden-hued spirit. Although it has hints of sweet, dried fruit, it is also spicy, peppery. It’s a robust tequila, which is part of the reason it works so well in a hot cider drink. Of course, you’re welcome to find your own “right” tequila for this drink, but I recommend looking for something with big flavor and a good bite. You’ll want to use an añejo. Tequilas that have been aged 1-3 years, añejos are typically used for sipping. But it’s this level of body and sophistication that really makes this cocktail come together.
Crock pot spiked apple cider
I know how handy a crock pot can be for making hot cocktails. So I experimented with making this cocktail using a slow cooker. I prefer the drink mixed right before serving but if you would like to make this hot apple cider spiked with tequila as a batch cocktail, I have some suggestions. Heat the apple cider on low for 3-4 hours or on high for less time, then turn the heat to low and add the tequila just before serving the first drink.
Serving this hot apple cider recipe with alcohol
This alcoholic apple cider is supposed to be served with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a garnish of freshly grated nutmeg. I’m lactose intolerant and normally omit dairy when it’s called for as a garnish. But with this hot cocktail recipe, I highly recommend adding at least a modest topping of freshly whipped cream.
As for topping the drink with nutmeg, you might think this final flourish is simply a bother. But before you decide to omit this spice, you might want to read up on nutmeg’s power as an aphrodisiac. After all, this drink is called The Heated Affair!
The Heated Affair - A Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail
- 2 oz añejo tequila
- 6 oz your favorite spiced apple cider heated
- freshly whipped heavy cream unsweetened
- In a small warm wine glass, add Tequila and hot apple cider. Float heavy cream. Garnish with grated fresh nutmeg over cream.
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