Hot Santa Cider

This is our very first year really, truly playing Santa and we can't wait.
Our big boy is the embodiment of Christmas Spirit and it makes things like a Toys 'R' Us run at 8pm for the newest Sea Patroler completely and totally worth it. 

Knowing that we'll be staying up late to build a baby activity gym and Paw Patrol dream land, Justin and I have decided to start a few new Christmas Eve/Santa's Helper traditions of our own. I'm stealing one tradition from my parents: each year they rented (in the days of Blockbuster) a movie that they both wanted to see but had saved for that night. Once the movie was over, they knew we would be in a deep sleep and the Santa shenanigans could begin. This year, Justin and I will pick a movie on Netflix to watch while we build the baby's play jail - my vote is Love Actually for the one millionth time but I have a feeling we'll be watching Rogue One....again. 

While we wrap presents, pretend to understand the order of the Star Wars movies and eat Santa cookies, we'll need a beverage to quench our thirst. An adult beverage. 

I present to you the easiest, coziest, most festive holiday drink in all the land -perfect for single servings or to serve a crowd

Hot Santa Cider


Trader Joe's Spiced Cider (seasonal and only available in the Fall and Winter)
Spiced Rum 
Trader Joe's candied orange slices


In a small sauce pan, combine 16oz Spiced Cider with 4 oz of Spiced Rum 
Heat on low heat until warm
Serve with a candied orange slice dropped into the mug just before drinking 

The candied orange slices are gorgeous, a great conversation starter and add the perfect amount of sweetness for those who don't love the taste of rum. 

Yields two mugs

For a large crowd, mix in a pot on the stove or in a crock pot, simmer or low and allow guests to serve themselves - it makes the house smell amazing! 

Cheers, friends!