Autumn may officially be “Pumpkin Spice Latte Season” but the syrupy, coffee-based drink has never been my seasonal sipper. (It doesn’t even have any booze in it!) That great honor goes to hot apple cider, with its warm, fragrant spices and crisp fruit flavor.
Part of the beverage’s beauty is how easy it is to prepare. You barely need a recipe! Just throw some spices and citrus zest in a pot with some unfiltered juice, and let everyone get to know each other. Then ladle it into mugs for instant coziness. I could do this most of the season and be happy, but I can’t resist mixing it up — and adding booze, of course — which is why I have come up with three extremely easy ways to enjoy my favorite cold-weather beverage. Click ahead on how to take your hot apple cider up a notch.