Uncle Tim's Famous Holiday Cider

Posted by Kait Weir on

If you’ve been to Cherry Creek Holiday Market this winter, you know the goodness that is Uncle Tim’s hot cider. If you’ve been looking for a way to recreate this cider at home, look no further! Below you’ll find Uncle Tim’s famous cider recipe.


In order to make this delicious hot beverage in the comfort of your home, you’ll need a few things we’ve listed below.


  1. 1 box of Bengal Spice Tea for the spiced simple syrup
  2. 1 cup of sugar (we use raw turbinado sugar
  3. 1 Half-Gallon of cold-pressed apple cider (We like Big B’s)
  4. 1 750mL of - Uncle Tim’s Classic Manhattan 

Next, we’ll walk you through our method of making this delicious hot beverage. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have a beautiful, boozy cider to share with your loved ones this holiday season.


Step One: Make the Spiced Simple Syrup

First, you’ll want to boil one cup of water and make tea using three bags of Celestial Seasoning’s Bengal Spice tea. After the water has been brought to a boil, turn off the stove and add the tea bags, then let it steep for 10 minutes. 


Once the tea has steeped for 10 minutes, take the tea bags out. Bring the tea to a boil once more, and add 1 cup of sugar to begin creating the simple syrup. Turn it off once the sugar has completely dissolved, 1-2 minutes.


Step Two: Add the Cider

Once the sugar has dissolved into the tea, add a half gallon of cold-pressed apple cider and the simple syrup to a pot and warm. We like Big B’s Apple Cider out of Hotchkiss, Colorado, but you can use any that you like. 


Now that your cider base is ready to go, it’s time to add Uncle Tim’s Cocktails to liven up the party.


Step Three: Make the Boozy Cider

After the cider ingredients are combined, it’s time to make it a cocktail. For every 6 ounces of cider, add approximately 2 ounces of Uncle Tim’s Cocktails. We recommend adding the Classic Manhattan, but you are welcome to give the others a try.  There is just something about the bourbon-forward kick of the Classic Manhattan that really works with the spiced cider. We usually just leave a bottle next to the simmering pot and let people add their own to order so they can make it as strong as they like.  Before long, you will notice the bottle is gone before the cider, so it’s probably good to start with two bottles of the manhattan. 

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