Fresh grapes sweeten the cider and turn it a beautiful amber hue. For an adult brew, stir in 1 cup rum just before serving.
1/2 gal. apple cider
1 pound Muscadine or red grapes
3 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon anise seeds or 1 star anise pod (optional)
Garnishes: apple slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods
How to Make It
Place first 7 ingredients and, if desired, anise seeds or star anise pod in a covered 4-qt. saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; uncover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Mash grapes using a potato masher. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a heatproof pitcher; discard solids. Serve hot or cold.
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