For many of us, the weekend after Thanksgiving marks the “official” beginning of the holiday season. Folks seem to really swing into action running through malls searching for gifts, and neighbors with boxes of tangled lights are climbing ladders. Everyone is suddenly on the move. Perhaps it’s our subconsciousness way of trying to burn the excess calories that we ingested the past few days and the new-found feeling of freedom from hours spent with family that gives us this burst of energy. Or maybe it’s our awareness of the lack of time before large men in red suits start climbing down our chimneys, whatever the reason, people are bustin’ a move.

I think this weekend is the perfect time to kick back and watch the hustle from a safe distance with a warm and soothing holiday cocktail, a hot apple pie. Made with Tuaca and spiced cider, this festive drink will help you escape the madness. After a few of these tasty beverages, you just might come up with the perfect gift ideas for those on your holiday shopping list, or plan the ultimate outdoor lighting extravaganza. Just leave the credit cards in your wallet, and the ladder in the garage. Relax, there is still plenty of time.

To prepare a Hot Apple Pie:

This festive cocktail tastes amazingly like a piece of apple pie, freshly baked right out of the oven. It puts all the comfort of being wrapped up in a warm blanket right in a mug, and is the perfect way to relax after a hectic day of holiday preparation.

  • 1½ ounces of Tuaca
  • 4 ounces hot apple cider
  • whipped cream (optional, but tasty)
  • cinnamon stick and nutmeg for garnish

Place Tuaca and hot cider in a mug. Top with whipped cream, garnish with cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Enjoy!

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