Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
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.

How to Make It

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.

Ratings & Reviews

MrAndMrsAnim8's Review

January 02, 2013

Laurie18's Review

December 27, 2009
Outstanding! I made the cider mixture and added the applejack into the cups as it was serving adults and children. Everyone loved it and it will be a recipe that comes out when apple cider is available.

SarahM21's Review

December 24, 2009
Delicious! I made the recipe as written except I didn't add the allspice berries. Very sweet and good.

skspillman's Review

December 20, 2009
I made this last night for a holiday party, and it went over very well. I made two big pots of it, and they were all gone by the end of the night. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used a bit more Calvados than called for. I will definitely make this again--deliciously sweet and slightly spicy!

cookingjennaloo's Review

December 02, 2009
Delicious!!! I made this on a cold rainy day, and it warmed me right up. Due to being pregnant I left out the brandy, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. I highly recommend this to anyone!