The First Snow and a Mulled Cider Rum Cocktail






Our first real snow of the season - not counting a few scattered flakes here and there throughout the fall that all but melted by afternoon - came late Wednesday night while we were sleeping, and we awoke Thursday to the soft silence of a snow-blanketed morning.  Only the occasional sound of the snow plows, scraping along the streets, interrupted the tranquility.

When I left work that day, the freezing cold air - only 12 degrees - shocked my nose and fingertips.  My boots crunched loudly on the ice underfoot.

Such a cold evening was perfectly suited for cozy pajamas, decorating for Thanksgiving, listening to Christmas music, and sipping a warm cocktail.









With cider, mulling spices, vanilla and rum simmering cheerfully on the stove, and the fireplace warming up the living room, I put out a few Thanksgiving decorations while listening to Christmas music and waiting for Jamie to get home.

I remember a time when I was 7 or 8, and I was supposed to spend the night at a friend's house.  My mom took me over to their house, and stayed for a while, working on some sewing projects with the other mom.  But when it came time for her to leave, I felt a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach and couldn't stop the tears that threatened to spill over.  I wanted to go back home with her.  I loved being home.

When we got home, the house was so warm, a fire crackling in the dusty, black wood stove.  My brother and sister were in the living room with my dad, reading on the couch under a snuggly blanket.  It never occurred to me how disappointed my friend was that I had left; all I knew was that I was happy.

This little brown and white tea set is one that my mom gave me a few years ago, a pattern that was popular in the 80s, and that I loved when I was a kid.  The old fashioned scenery on the dishes is so comforting, and reminds me of that long-ago-evening.  I don't actually have any cups to go with the set, just the teapot, a cream pitcher and another small pitcher, so I drank my cider from the little pitcher.

It made me happy.  There's so much to be thankful for this winter.












Mulled Cider Rum Cocktail
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  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons mulling spices
  • 1 vanilla bean pod (leftover after using the seeds for another recipe)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup spiced rum
  • cinnamon sticks

Combine the cider, spices, vanilla bean and rum in a saucepan.  Simmer over medium heat for 30-40 minutes, then strain out the spices.  Serve each cup with a cinnamon stick.

Yields 4 servings

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen