Whiskey Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Its HALLOWEEN…Time to decorate the office!!!

Doesn’t my desk look amazing?!!!

The lanyard I made on my computer.

This blog post is short, as I wanted to add something to my previous post for those of us who are 21+.

When you have a fall party, don’t be boring. Classics that you grew up with can be turned into great party items. I had someone in my office asking me the other day for party ideas, so I wanted to add this that I made last year for my Thanksgiving party.

Whiskey Spiked Hot Apple Cider
1 gallon apple cider (if you can’t find cider, apple juice will do but just cut down on the added brown sugar)
10 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 liter of good Whiskey (add more if you feel it needs to be stronger; this can vary depending on how long you mull the spices)

Bring the cider to boil in a pot. Add the sugar and completely dissolve. Bring the cider down to a simmer and add the rest of the ingredients. Cover the pot and simmer for at least 1 hour and 30 minutes. Simmer longer for more intense flavor. Add the whiskey right before you are ready to serve, and let it simmer for another 10  minutes. Keep on the stove, on a very low temperature so your friends can serve themselves hot cider. Add a cinnamon stick in each glass for effect.


I have had a lot of questions on this post about what kind of whiskey to use and price points. I did a little chart below, so check it out. Remember; a spicy cider masks bad alcohol! If you spice up the drink a lot, you can buy cheaper whiskey. Good for all you college kids ;)

If you want a more intense flavor, throw the spices into the apple cider container the night before and let it sit. The next day, add the mixture to a pot, stir in the brown sugar, and follow the remaining steps. It will just give the cider a more intense flavor.


Irish Whiskey

Around $20 and Under

$30-40 Range

$50 and Up

Luxury Over $100

  • Bushmills 1608
  • Bushmills 21 year
  • Middleton Very Rare
  • Jameson Rarest Vintage

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Around $30 and Under

$40-50 Range

$60-100 Range

Luxury Over $100

Blended Scotch Whisky

$20 and Under

  • Ballantines Finest
  • Cutty Sark
  • Dewars White
  • Grant’s 8 year
  • J&B
  • Lauder’s

$30-40 Range

$50-70 Range

  • Ambassador 25 year
  • Buchanan’s 18 year
  • Johnnie Walker Green
  • Tomintoul Oloroso 12 year

$80-100 Range

Luxury Over $100

  • Ballantine’s 30 year
  • Chivas Regal 25 year
  • Johnnie Walker Blue
  • Kings Crest 25 year
  • The Antiquary 21 year

Bourbon Whiskey

$20 and Under

  • Ancient Age
  • Benchmark
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Eagle Rare
  • Early Times
  • Jim Beam White
  • Ten High
  • Wild Turkey 101

$30-40 Range

$50-60 Range

$70 and Up

  • AH Hirsch 16 year
  • Longrow Cask 10 year
  • Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 year
  • Willet 28 year

Tennessee Whiskey

Under $30

Over $30

  George Dickel Special Barrel

  Jack Daniels Single Barrel

Rye Whiskey

Under $30

  • Old Overholt
  • Jim Beam Rye
  • Pikesville Rye
  • Rittenhouse Rye
  • Sazerac 6 year
  • Wild Turkey Rye

Over $30

  • Anchor Old Potrero 18th Century Style
  • AH Hirsch 21 year
  • Black Maple Hill 23 year
  • Michter’s 10 year
  • (rī)1
  • Sazerac 18 year
  • Templeton Rye
  • Vintage Rye 21

Canadian Whisky

$20 and Under

$30-40 Range

  • 8 Seconds
  • Canadian Club Sherry Cask 8 year
  • Crown Royal
  • Forty Creek Three Grain- 80 proof, $25
  • Tangle Ridge Double Cask- 80 proof, $28
  • Seagrams VO
  • Wisers Deluxe 18 year- 80 proof, $37

$50 and Up

  • Crown Royal Special Reserve
  • Glen Breton Rare Single Malt

Luxury Over $100


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