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Hot Buttered Cider Recipe

I recently traded in my office job to stay at home. While exciting, the transition has not been an easy one. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night with fears and doubts.

I’m often prone to waking up at 2 a.m. with a laundry list of worries. Before, they involved whatever account I happened to be working on at the time. I’d lay there at night going over every little detail. Waking up to send messages to my work email to follow up on this or that. Then I’d roll over and drift back to sleep. My 2 a.m. worries are a little different now. Most involve money, finances, and actual laundry. Can I really do this? Will I be forced to go back to work in a year?

The other night, I found myself running through these thoughts once again. Instead of laying there battling one panic after another, I got up and proceeded to the kitchen. I grabbed the bag of gala apples my hubby brought home and began to chop.

I had never made apple cider before and discovered it was unbelievably simple. Standing there in my kitchen I lost myself in the process. I let the smell of sugar and spice waft around me; calming my soul. I strained and bottled my homemade cider and returned to bed. I slept good that night. Not because I had solved any problems or came up with any answers. In that moment, in my kitchen, I made the choice to embrace life and enjoy this time. I may never get it again. 

 I decided to use my homemade apple cider in an adaptation of one of my favorite hot beverages - hot buttered rum.

Hot Buttered Cider


  • 1.5 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Hot Apple Cider to fill
  1. In a mug add rum and butter.
  2. Bring apple cider to boil. (1 minute in microwave.)
  3. Slowly pour hot cider over rum and butter while stirring.
  4. Continue to stir until butter has dissolved.
  5. Garnish with cinnamon stick and enjoy!