The Leaves have changed, the Winds are brisk, and Night greets us a little earlier each day. It’s officially cuffing season. What’s cuffing season you ask? It’s that time of year when people, who typically proudly waive the I’m single and free to mingle flag, find themselves desperately hunting for that, “We can stay in a watch a movie ‘boo'”; that “Why don’t you come over and I’ll cook you a hot meal ‘wifey’ type”; that “I don’t have anywhere else I want to be cuddle ‘bae'”; that I don’t control my heat in this apartment so why don’t you get closer and share my blanket ‘bed warmer'”.
Some blame the cold weather, some chalk it up to prolonged periods of indoor isolation, but perhaps people are in search of serious relationship because cuffing season coincides with the Holiday season, Gala season, and Dinner party season where everyone is all about family, legacy, strengthening bonds, and recovering from the bitter cold emptiness of a summer fling that’s flung. For the cuffless, the summer-to-fall-to winter period is a painful reminder of long gone sun soaked afternoons, fruit honeyed lips of chilled martini glasses, the abundance of sparkling people mirroring the sparkle in their glass, and the general okay-ness of odd number table reservations.
To aid the transition of those who missed cuffing preseason and now find themselves cuff-less and in need of a liquid hug, I present to you for your imbibing pleasure, a luscious libation to warm you up on a cold night, the Drink du Nuit: Honey Let Me Hold You Cider
Drink du Nuit: Honey Let me Hold You Cider
Ingredients:1 cup apple cider 1 Tbsp. orange blossom honey ¼ oz Grand Marnier 1 pinch of ground cinnamon 1 ½ oz. Apple Jack Brandy ½ oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Jack (honey notes) or Tennessee Winter Jack (caramel notes) 1 cinnamon stick for garnish 2 apple slices for garnish
Glassware: Coffee Mug or Tea Cup
Heat a heavy mug with hot water. Discard the water. Combine the apple cider, honey, Grand Marnier and cinnamon in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Stir in the brandy and whiskey. Pour the cider mixture into your warmed mug. Garnish and cuff!
Bartender Tip: Rimming your cup in cinnamon sugar can give you a little extra sweetness if you need it.
Comment and let us know:
What’s your cuffing season rules?
What’s your cuffing season drink of choice?
Drink Well! and Remember:
“We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours.”
― Faraaz Kazi
“If a cold breeze signifies a ghost, then the arctic must be really haunted. I’m going there next week, because I’ve got to look everywhere when searching for the love of my life.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 Tbsp. orange blossom honey
- ¼ oz Grand Marnier
- 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ oz. Apple Jack Brandy
- ½ oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Jack (honey notes) or Tennessee Winter Jack (caramel notes)
- 1 cinnamon stick for garnish
- 2 apple slices for garnish
- Heat a heavy mug with hot water.
- Discard the water.
- Combine the apple cider, honey, Grand Marnier and cinnamon in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until heated through.
- Stir in the brandy and whiskey.
- Pour the cider mixture into your warmed mug.
- Garnish and cuff!
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