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This festive Spiced Cider is a reader favorite for a reason: It's easy, it's cozy, and, best of all, it's absolutely delicious. If you really want to make the most out of this recipe, prepare it the day before you plan to serve it. Those extra hours will enhance the flavor by giving these warming, autumnal ingredients ample time to meld. Simply omit the brandy if you want to make this drink nonalcoholic. Even without the liqueur, your Spiced Cider will be packed with flavor. Still thirsty? Check out 10+ Apple Cider Recipes For Fall next. 

Recipe by Cooking Light October 2007


Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Leigh Ann Ross

Recipe Summary

6 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cider, cinnamon stick, clove, orange slice, and lemon slice in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Strain cider mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Stir in brandy. Serve warm. Garnish each serving with 1 cinnamon stick, if desired.


Chef's Notes

Steep the cider a day ahead of time, keep it refrigerated, and then reheat just before serving. For a nonalcoholic version, simply omit the brandy.

Nutrition Facts

173 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 29.6g; fiber 0.1g; calcium 2mg.