Hot Lemon Cider

A sweet neighbor gave us a basket of lemons from her sister’s lemon tree and they were really, really good!

Hot Lemon Cider

As I was trying to use them up, I came up with this recipe.  The children and I went through about 12 versions of this until I came up with this one.  They all loved it and begged me not to change it.

I debated about what to call this, and I even took an informal survey on Facebook.  See, it has a secret ingredient that doesn’t belong in most drinks unless you are drinking bullet proof coffee.  So, I played around with several different names.

It became very apparent that I have northern friends and southern friends.  When I first tossed around the name Hot Buttered Lemonade, my northern friends almost “took a heart attack” right there.  My southern friends were like, “Oh yes!  Bring on the butter!  Does it have bacon in it too?”  My northern friends were freaking out and saying, “Butter in a drink?  That is so gross!  I know you are a great cook and my dearest friend, but I think I need to unfriend you right now.” (Or something close to that.)

So, as promised, for my northern friends, this is called Hot Lemon Cider.  (I told you I would change the name for you!)  

For my southern friends, I present to you, Hot Buttered Lemon Cider, or Hot Buttered Lemonade, or Hot Buttered Something.

Hot Lemon Cider or Hot Buttered Lemon Cider

1 1/2 tsp butter
1/2 C sugar
3 C water
1/2 C lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2 cinnamon sticks, optional but yummy

Juice the lemons (if using fresh lemon juice).

Hot Lemon Cider
Using my Bosch juicer attachment to quickly turn those lemons into lemon juice.

In a sauce pan, melt the butter.  Add the sugar and stir to combine with the butter.  

Hot Lemon Cider
Melted butter and sugar

Stir in the water and lemon juice.  Add the cinnamon sticks if desired.  Heat until hot.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Hot Lemon Cider
Bonus points for Mommy if you let them drink the Hot Lemon Cider through the cinnamon stick.

My children love this!  So do I!  But, if this isn’t for you, you can put on some Homemade Hot Cocoa.

So, is it Hot Lemon Cider or Hot Buttered Lemon Cider for you?

Hot Lemon Cider
Hot Lemon Cider is a delicious recipe that has a secret ingredient that makes it extra special. Come on. You know it sounds yummy!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 tsp butter
  2. 1/2 C sugar
  3. 3 C water
  4. 1/2 C lemon juice
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 2 cinnamon sticks, optional but yummy
Instructions
  1. Juice the lemons (if using fresh lemon juice).
  2. In a sauce pan, melt the butter.
  3. Add the sugar and stir to combine with the butter.
  4. Stir in the water and lemon juice.
  5. Add the cinnamon sticks if desired.
  6. Heat until hot.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Notes
  1. My children like to drink this through the cinnamon stick.
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5 thoughts on “Hot Lemon Cider

  1. This sounds so yummy! I want to go make some right now!!!! I will be calling it Hot Lemon Cider, must be the Northerner in me! 🙂 Although I do love a good bullet proof coffee….

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