Two hot toddies to warm your holidays

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By Jim Bailey

Yuletide Pumpkin Cider is a great hot beverage for the weather to come! If you do not want to use alcohol, simply add a teaspoon rum extract for a truly Yankee hot cider.

yuletidepumpkinciders1 cup canned pumpkin
3 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice*
1/4 cup,or more, spiced rum
Frozen, whipped topping, if desired

Simply place pumpkin, cider and spices in a saucepan and heat until bubbling hot, whisking very well. Remove from heat, stir in rum and divide among 4 serving mugs. Top with a scoop of frozen, whipped topping and a sprinkle more of pumpkin pie spice to serve.

*To make your own pumpkin pie spice, blend 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, 2 teaspoons ginger, 1 teaspoon allspice and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.

Plum Pudding Cider

Want a chilled cider that is both invigorating and mindful of the past? This is it my friends. I do not care for ice in this because it dilutes this refreshment far too much for my liking. Serve this chilled or heat it up, in case it is a tad chilly outside.

plumpuddingcider2 cups apple cider
2 cups plum juice *
2 tablespoons apple pie spice**
Amaretto, Frangelico or any almond/hazelnut-flavored liqueur

Vigorously whisk cider, juice and spice together. Divvy up into 4 mugs and splash some Amaretto into each.

* Sunsweet Smart is by far the best plum juice on the market.
**Apple pie spice can easily be made by combining 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon each nutmeg and ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

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About the Author: Jim Bailey is a third generation Yankee Chef, New England food historian and newspaper columnist. His first cookbook, simply titled The Yankee Chef, has been published. He welcomes all feedback, questions or comments at

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