31 Days of Fall and Halloween: Day 21: Northwest Passage

31 Days of Fall and HalloweenChilly fall evenings often call for a warm mug of cider, sometimes it calls for something a bit more stiff… around here we call it a Northwest Passage.

Occasionally, on a chilly evening I’ll keep a pot of apple cider bubbling on the stove. I usually add cinnamon sticks, a few slices of oranges and usually the juice of one or two oranges as well and just let it simmer lightly on the stove until it is nice and hot.

A Northwest Passage is a cross between a hot buttered rum and spiked cider. Here is what you’ll need:

Hot buttered rum mix
Whiskey (We prefer Maker’s Mark for this recipe, but use your favorite)

You can also make your own hot buttered rum mix by combining dark brown sugar and butter until it forms a stiff paste consistency.

To make a Northwest Passage:

Add two spoonfuls (more or less to taste) of the hot buttered rum mixture into the bottom of a mug, fill the mug 3/4 full of hot cider and top with whiskey to taste. Easy and tastes like a warm, caramel apple. It’s also great for a sore throat.