Trips to the mall this time of the year involve some of my favorite shopping rituals. Searching for new comfy sweaters instead of skin tight summer wares. Gazing longingly at the beautiful array of fall boots at Nordstrom while envisioning myself a super chic ski bunny. And of course, the smell of apple cider wafting from the doors of Williams Sonoma.
I was their latest victim this week. I went in to get a piece of our blender replaced and came out with the bizarrely large amount of ingredients it takes to mimic their impossible to resist cider.
–Floating Mulling Spice Ball (yes I’m serious)
–Milling Spice Mugs (didn’t buy these…going back for them)
I love apple cider any way I get it, but there’s something magical and comforting about the smell you can get by using the W & S mulling spices. It also just makes it feel a little more special. I decided to ‘create’ a cocktail that would be perfect to enjoy in a new comfy sweater while looking chic in my after ski boots up in the mountains. : )
It’s ridiculously easy.
Gather your ingredients (pumpkin not necessary).
Mix one part Five Apple Cider Concentrate with three parts water and begin to simmer.
Add 2 tablespoons Mulling Spices to apple cider mix and continue to simmer for 20 minutes. Enjoy the delicious scent for all 20 of them.
Add your desired amount of Gentleman Jack whiskey. I think this makes the best choice because it’s meant to be used as a mixer in cocktails and is so smooth.
Insert an overpriced W & S cinnamon stick and stir to mix.
I love cinnamon so I also like to rim the edge of my mug with it before drinking.
Only one thing left to do…drink and enjoy. I hope this inspires you to cozy up your home with the wonderful smells of apple cider, cocktail version or not.