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)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 189
  • Fat: 2.8g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 28.1g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 41mg
  • Calcium: 4mg

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. 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.
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