Head Barman Josh Streetman’s Hot Apple Cider Cocktail

Head Barman Josh Streetman’s Hot Apple Cider Cocktail

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Head Barman Josh Streetman’s Hot Apple Cider Cocktail

When the temperature drops in Columbia, Head Barman Josh Streetman can be found behind the bar at Motor Supply concocting hot libations to keep his customers happy, warm and coming back for more. Known for his locally-sourced ingredients and innovative flavor combinations, Josh continues to keep the cocktail menu interesting well into the winter season. Below is his recipe and instructions on how to make one of his favorite classic holiday cocktails - with his own creative twist.

Josh Streetman's Hot Apple Cider Cocktail


  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 15 whole fenugreek (a spice used in Indian dishes)
  • 10 green peppercorns
  • 2 star anise (a Chinese spice)
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 nutmegs (1 for grated garnish)
  • 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 orange; all quartered (Peel 1 twist from lemon or orange for garnish before making cider)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 chai spiced teabag
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 pound brown sugar
  • 6 quarts organic apple cider
  • Your choice of liquor: a mixture of white and dark rum or scotch (Josh's recommendation: Dewar's Highlander Honey, a blended scotch)

Cider directions:

  1. Toast all dry ingredients
  2. Combine rest of ingredients in a large pot or crockpot; simmer 
  3. Add toasted dry ingredients to simmering liquid
  4. Let whole combination simmer for at least 30 minutes
  5. Strain so all solids are removed
  6. Add cider, now ready to serve, to samovar to keep hot (If you don't have a samovar, any pot and ladle will do)

Cocktail directions:

  1. Rim glass with mixture of brown and white sugar
  2. Add cider to glass
  3. Add your choice of liquor to glass
  4. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and an orange or lemon peel
  5. Serve - or enjoy yourself.


Known for its artisan cocktails, casual atmosphere and daily-changing, chef-driven menu of sustainable, farm-to-table fare, Motor Supply Co. Bistro has been serving New World, made-from-scratch cuisine in the historic Columbia, S.C. Congaree Vista since 1989. To make reservations, click here or call (803) 256-6687.

Image by Chloe Rodgers