Friday, December 31, 2010

Spiced Apple Cider with Rum Whipping Cream

**found in the January 2011 Bon Appetit 

8 servings

CREAM:

1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp (packed brown sugar)
2 tbsp dark rum
Freshly grated nutmeg

CIDER:

12 cups (3 quarts) apple cider
40 whole cloves
10 cinnamon sticks
8 2-inch long strips orange peel
4 2-inch long strips lemon peel
2 tsp whole allspice
1/2 cup Tuaca (yes it is gluten-free, see Link)
1/2 cup gold rum

Ingredient info:  Tuaca is a liqueur with vanilla, brandy, and orange flavors.  It is gluten-free.

Cream: Stir all ingredients in medium bowl.  Chill until ready to use, up to one day

Cider:  Bring first 6 ingredients to boil in heavy large pot, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer until mixture is reduced to 6 cups, 35-40 minutes.  Strain cider into medium saucepan.  Do ahead:  Can be made  day ahead.  Cool, cover and chill.

Return cider to simmer.  Remove from heat.  Mix in 1/2 cup Tuaca and 1/4 cup dark rum.  Divide cider among 8 mugs.

Beat cream until peaks form.  Spoon whipped cream atop cider and serve.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

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