Smoky, Hot, Scotch Apple Cider


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Smoky, Hot, Scotch Apple Cider

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Ingredients (7)

  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1-by-2-inch) lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons single-malt, not-heavily-peated Scotch whisky, such as Glenlivet
  • 1/4 teaspoon heavily peated Scotch whisky, such as Laphroaig
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Don’t let smoky Scotch scare you away from this drink—we use just a dash of the peaty stuff in this warming cup of cider (sort of like you’d use absinthe in a rinse). The bulk of the booze is a not-so-peaty whisky, to keep the overall drink balanced.

This was featured as part of our Hot Boozy Drinks recipe gallery.


  1. 1Heat the apple cider, honey, cinnamon stick, and lemon peel in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the honey has melted and the cinnamon is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. 2Turn off the heat, add both Scotches and the lemon juice, and stir to combine. Transfer to a heatproof glass and garnish with the cinnamon stick and lemon peel.
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