Spiced Apple Cider

 Recipe
Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 25 minutes. Recipe by Maureen Callahan, MS, RD, Health Contributing Editor.

Yield:

About 13 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories 173
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 38 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 31 mg
Calcium 1 mg

Ingredients

Lemon rind strips (from 1 lemon)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 gallon apple cider
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
20 whole cloves
5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, halved
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup Calvados (apple brandy) or applejack (such as Laird's)
Additional cinnamon sticks (optional)

Preparation

1. Bring first 8 ingredients to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.

2. Pour mixture through a sieve over a large bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Stir in brandy. Serve in mugs; garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Note:

Maureen Callahan, MS, RD,

December 2004
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