Actually this is honey grog but without the grog. A grog is usually an alcoholic beverage (usually containing rum) drunk by sailors with ingredients added to it. My friend Judith was celebration summer with it and I was completely intrigued.
I made just enough for me but here is her recipe and it is is probably enough for four. In a sauce pan pour four cups of apple juice and add 1/4 cup of honey.
Add 2 tbsp of butter, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tsp of ground orange peel, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg and the juice of one orange.
Simmer stirring occasionally for five minutes. If using, stir in rum just before serving.
It has been downright chilly, dark and dreary on the east coast and life continues to be hard and crushing. I think maybe next time I make it, I will add the grog to the grog.
This was an astoundingly delicious treat that helped soothe my very sore soul.