Everyday Meals

Hot Cinnamon Apple Brandy Cider

Ingredients

  • ½ gallon fresh apple cider
  • 1 cup apple brandy(Optional)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 thin strips orange zest
  • 10 small cinnamon sticks
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Combine apple cider, apple brandy, 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, and salt in a pot over medium-high heat. Simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Pour apple cider mixture into heat-proof mugs. Twist orange zest strips between your fingers to release the essential oils; drop 1 into each mug. Add 1 cinnamon stick to each mug.

  • Cook's Note:

    For best flavor, use fresh-pressed apple cider–available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

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