No kidding, it’s a wonderful drink to offer guests as they arrive. I like to heat it up and serve with a thin apple slice on top. Of course, it can always be used as a “potion” but don’t overdo! This makes a unique gift from the kitchen, as well.
I used organic juice and cider but whatever you have on hand is fine. Everclear is potent liquor and my brand is made from corn, with a proof of 151! That’s why you don’t need much of it. Everclear lasts forever in the pantry. The liqueur is delicious warm or chilled.
4 cups apple juice
4 cups apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks, 2” or so each, pounded
3/4 cup Everclear liquor
Bring apple juice, cider, sugar, and cinnamon sticks to a gentle boil and cook about 5-10 minutes to allow cinnamon flavor to infuse. Let cool. Strain. Add Everclear and stir. Keep in refrigerator. Serve warm in mugs with cinnamon stick or apple slice.
Recipe can be divided in half, or doubled.