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Good Libations: The Red Lion Inn Cider House Rules
As the leaves start turning and the air gets cooler, a familiar smell returns to the Inn. Enter through the Widow Bingham’s Tavern and you are greeted by scents of orange, cinnamon, cloves and most importantly: cider. Apple Cider is a staple in these parts, fresh pressed minutes down the road at Hilltop Orchards, it also signals the colorful fall months and the upcoming winter. The Vittori Family has been operating Hilltop Orchards for over 25 years with some of the heirloom varieties being planted on their property for over 100 years. Fresh cider is unfiltered, unsweetened and all natural. The practice of spiced or mulled cider can be linked to wassailing, an English tradition of singing and drinking to ensure a healthy apple harvest the following year. Next time you are in Stockbridge, join us and help celebrate the harvest or make our cider at home.
Hot Spiced Cider
The Red Lion Inn
1 ¼ oz. Spiced Rum
1 Orange Peel
1 Cinnamon Stick, 1 ½ inches long
2 Whole Cloves
6 oz. Apple Cider, heated
Pour all of the ingredients, except the nutmeg, into a heated mug.
Let steep for 3 minutes and then stir. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, and serve