Spiced Caramel Apple Hot Toddy
From the October/November 2019 issue of Eat Drink Mississippi
3 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
1 cup apple cider
1/8 cup fresh orange juice plus 1 whole orange slice
8 caramel candies
1 splash of water
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
8 whole cloves
In a small saucepan, combine apple cider, orange juice, 4 caramel candies, cinnamon sticks, star anise, orange slice, and whole cloves. Simmer for 15 minutes until fragrant and caramels have melted, stirring occasionally.
In two heat-safe glasses, add 1-1/2 ounces of bourbon to each.
Take the remaining caramels and add a splash of water to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute until caramels are melted and smooth. (Or, you can melt on the stove.)
Strained the warmed spiced caramel apple cider into each glass equally, stir with the bourbon, and garnish with an apple slice and drizzle the melted caramel over the rim of each glass.