Hard Apple Cider Cocktail - Purely Essential

Apples washed with Purely Essential Fruit and Vegetable Wash make the perfect garnish for this Autumn cockatil.

The perfect Fall cocktail.  Wash your apples with Purely Essential fruit and vegetable wash before slicing.

4 cups apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 jigger (1-1/2 oz) spiced rum
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup hard cider
2-3 dashes lemon bitters

1 tbsp cinnamon sugar, (Granulated is fine, or coarse sugar for a grander effect)
1 apple, washed with Purely Essential FVW, sliced

To make the spiced cider, combine apple cider, cinnamon sticks and star anise in a mason jar.  Add cloves and nutmeg.  Seal jar, shake, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Dip rim only of glass in apple cider, then into cinnamon sugar.  Fill glass with ice, pour spiced rum, then spiced cider into glass over ice.  A small funnel can be used to not disturb sugared rim.  Stir well.  Top with hard cider and lemon bitters.  Add one or two apple slices to glass, cinnamon sticks and star anise for garnish. Cheers!

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