Pimm’s Winter Cider

Pimm’s Winter Cider

 

When I walked outside this morning, fresh frost covered the leaves and shimmered in the light. It was cold, but the air was fresh, and clean. I didn’t want to drink another batch of warm cider, eggnog, or buttered rum, and I’d had my share of allspice. Instead, I wanted to opt for a drink that was a little more refreshing.

Pimm’s recently (2005) released their Winter cup, which has a brandy base, and heavier notes of orange and spice. It makes an incredible warm winter drink that has a little more spark than the other winter cocktails. The recipe below is adapted from OhGosh.com, and I’ve adapted it further for those of us who will have a harder time buying Pimm’s winter. Make sure you get rich, cloudy apple cider, preferably from your farmers market, it will make all the difference in the world.
Pimm’s Winter Cider
  • 5 oz. Pimms No. 3 Winter Cup
  • 14 oz. dark apple cider
  • 1 apple, sliced in to small chunks
  • ½ an orange, sliced into thin wheels
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Add all ingredients to a pan and gently heat until just simmering. Remove cinnamon stick and pour mixture in to a large jug. Serve in heat-proof glasses or mugs.
If you’re unable to find Pimm’s No. 3 Winter, use
  • 3 oz. Pimms No. 1 Cup
  • 2 oz. Brandy
  • 14 oz. Dark Apple Cider
  • 1 apple, sliced into small chunks
  • ½ an orange, sliced into thin wheels
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Colleen

    The Pimms No. 1 variation is nice. I used Grand Marnier in place of brandy, since that’s what I have.