Childhood memories of apple cider with a little something extra to remind you why being an adult is OK, too.
Fortunately, the labor-intensive part of this drink lies solely in baking the apples
Take half as many Macintosh apples as you'd like to make drinks, core them, peel them and wrap them in wet parchment paper
Bake them in a 350-degree oven for 30 to 45 minutes until completely soft
Set aside until cool
For each drink, warm a heatproof mug by rinsing it with boiling water
Put in half a baked apple and a heaping teaspoon of sugar and muddle them quickly together
Add 1 ounce of boiling water and stir
Add the applejack, cognac or bourbon and stir again
Add 1 ounce of boiling water
(The staggered addition of the water keeps the drink as hot as possible)
Grate nutmeg over the top and serve
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