Today’s recipe feature is Apple-Pie Spiced Cider. During the holidays, you want to provide options to your guests – alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – and today’s beverage makes the best of both worlds. Cider is served with apple pie spices and flavored with brandy, if you prefer. Pour the finished product into mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
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Apple-Pie Spiced Cider (Recipe courtesy Martha Stewart)
- 1 ¼ quarts apple cider
- 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
- 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)
In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks. Serving yield = 6 servings.