December 14, 2011

Mulled Cider with Winter Spices

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Simply love this mulled cider recipe originally featured in Bon Appetit in 1998.

Mulled Cider with Winter Spices
12 cups apple cider (I prefer freshly pressed cider which you can typically by at the grocery store, supplied by your local orchard)
1/4 cup orange juice
Peel (orange part only) from 1 orange, cut into strips
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
2 whole allspice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups applejack or regular brandy (optional)

Mix first 10 ingredients in large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture 30 minutes to blend flavors. Strain mulled cider into mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and citrus peel. Serve cider, passing brandy separately, if desired.

Promise it will be a crowd-pleaser! 
xx JN

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