Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
For Spiced Butter:
8 Tbl. unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
¼ cup dark-brown sugar, packed
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
⅛ tsp salt
Half-gallon (64 ounces) all-natural apple cider
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Rum or apple brandy (optional)
1. Combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a small bowl. Use a plastic spatula to transfer butter mixture to the middle of a 12" x 12" piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over butter mixture and shape into a log, twisting ends to seal closed. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Bring apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn heat to low. Remove spiced butter from plastic wrap and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to hot cider and stir continuously until all butter is melted.
3. Ladle buttered cider into mug, garnish with cinnamon stick, and top with a shot of rum or apple brandy if desired. Serve hot.
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