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Applejack-Spiked Hot Cider

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
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8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

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.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.