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Laying Low Before the Big Day

Thanksgiving is here, my friends. I know this isn’t new news–if you’re anything like me, you’ve been making and revising lists, running errands, and having a drink as soon as it’s socially acceptable to do so.

For the past few days, I’ve been house/dog/teenage sitting at my Dad’s house. And Lincoln, their sweet chocolate lab, was a rescue dog so he doesn’t love being alone. For some, this would be a burden. But I’ve used this as an excuse to hunker down and do some writing, go on long Lincoln walks, take some photos around the neighborhood, and make hot spiked cider in the evening while lounging on the couch catching up with back issues of The New Yorker.

I got the recipe for this cider from the bartender at The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. I’d come in freezing after a day at Bainbridge Island and asked her if she could make me something hot and strong. Pretty much the second I got back to California (well, not really–I waited a few days), I went out to buy some Tuaca, and have been making one of these guys every night since. If you’re not familiar with Tuaca, it’s an Italian liquor comprised of brandy, hints or citrus, vanilla, and cloves. It’s made by the Tuoni and Canepa families of Livorno, Italy but it’s easy to find here in the States. Any well stocked liquor store should carry it. So in these looming days of traveling, packing, family, food, errands, and the like–take a little time out with this hot cocktail. Trust that I’ll be doing the same.

Spiked Apple Cider

Hot Spiked Cider

Yield: 1 cup


1/2 cup cider
2 oz Tuaca
a few shakes cinnamon
cinnamon stick
whipped cream, optional


Pour cider in a small saucepan. Drop cinnamon stick in, and warm on stove top for about ten minutes.

Pour 2 oz. Tuaca into your glass, and fill the rest of the way with the warmed cider. Shake a bit of ground cinnamon into the glass and top with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick if desired (it’s great without the whipped cream, too).

  1. Posted November 25, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Seems perfect for a relaxing day!

  2. Posted November 25, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Megan – This is just what I've been looking for – yay! Can't wait to give it a try. And BTW – you're photos are looking AWESOME these days.

  3. Posted November 25, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    oh and PS: what camera are you using?

  4. Posted November 25, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Never heard of Tuaca but that drink sounds perfect for our annual holiday open house…

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Me, am thankful to have "met" lovely friends like you over the past few months…

  5. Posted November 25, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Looks cozy and delicious. Have a great holiday!

  6. Posted November 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you, Mo!

    And Mardi: I used a Canon Rebel Xsi. It's been working out well so far. Practice, practice, practice!

  7. Posted November 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing day. The cider sounds delicious… one of my favorites! Love the picture of the doggy. Very cute!

  8. Posted November 29, 2009 at 7:41 am

    That drink sounds so good to me!!

    MMMMMM,…just really comforting on these cold winter evenings!

  9. Posted November 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I love this cocktail! I am just catching up after two weeks of holiday/birthday/sick kid craziness. now – onto Christmas! What cocktail is next?!

  10. Posted November 29, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you Sophie, Jen, and Kelsey.

    I'm thinking mulled wine is up next, Kelsey…I have a nice recipe from the Neptenthe cookbook.

  11. Posted November 30, 2009 at 1:24 am

    We have the exact same glass you used! Except we're Arabians and use it for tea. 😀

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