Applejack-Spiked Hot Cider

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
Take this drink on the go in a thermos, or let its sweet, spiced scent fill your home. Applejack is a cider-based brandy; Calvados, the French version, would also work in this drink.

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 189
Fat 2.8 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 0.7 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 28.1 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 41 mg
Calcium 4 mg

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
10 black peppercorns
8 whole allspice berries
5 whole cloves
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
6 cups apple cider
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (2-inch) orange rind strips
2 (2-inch) lemon rind strips
3/4 cup applejack brandy

Preparation

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar and next 4 ingredients (through cinnamon sticks); cook 1 minute. Add cider and next 4 ingredients (through lemon rind); bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in applejack. Strain; discard solids.

Note:

December 2009