With the help of Nat King Cole, chestnuts roasting on an open fire will undoubtedly be forever associated with Christmas. It’s a tradition presenting an excellent excuse to spend some refreshing time outside during the Holidays. To stay warm, few drinks are more efficient than spiced and spiked hot cider. The distinct flavor of mango in addition to its acidity give this version a fresh and modern taste.

Happy Holidays!

hot apple mango cider

4 cups unfiltered apple juice
2 cups mango juice
juice from ½ lemon
½ sliced lemon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 cinnamon sticks
1½ cups dark rum.


Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a soft boil.

Take off the heat, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

Remove solids and bring back to a quick boil.

Take off the heat and stir in rum.

Makes 7 ½ cups.

The cider can be refrigerated and reheated but don’t let it boil or the alcohol will evaporate.

chestnuts roasting on an open fire

melted butter (optional)
salt (optional


Cut a cross into the skin of each chestnut.

Roast in chestnut pan over an open fire for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Peel and serve with salt and melted butter.

Thermoses from Sol & Luna, Madrid. Select colors available from MONC XIII and Jayson Home. Chestnut roasting pan from Cox & Cox.

Filmed by Philip Blankenship.