Quite by accident, we discovered by twisting the traditional "Hot Buttered Almost Rum" recipe, we ended up with a non-alcoholic drink that tastes exactly like a slice of homemade apple pie.
It's a great alternative to the ever-present hot chocolate and spiced apple cider.
I didn't have all the same ingredients on-hand as the original recipe, so like so many of us, I made do with what I had.
This is the revised recipe:
- About 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup (1/4 stick) butter, room temperature
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 6 whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch salt
- About 3 cups boiling water
Simmer all the ingredient together over a low heat for about 15 minutes. Turn off the fire.
Pour the resulting liquid into a cup. Whatever liquid I had, I measured apple juice to be about half of it, and then poured it into the same cup. The ratio was about 2-1 liquid to apple juice. Serve warm.
My daughter, my son and my husband and I all agreed it tasted like a slice of apple pie. I don't even like apple pie (that much) and I thought it was yummy.
Delicious variations: top with whipped cream or float a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it, for "Hot Apple Pie A La Mode".