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Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Here's a delicious way to ward off cold weather: Serve hot cider spiced like an apple pie. Season your cider with the same spices you would use in a pie-cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg-then heat it up. If you'd like, pour in brandy for adults. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug for stirring.

  • servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 quarts apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    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.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December Holiday 2007

Reviews (9)

  • 13 Jan, 2013

    Apple-Pie Cider
    Russell's Sunday Dinner
    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • 29 Jun, 2011

    this was delicious! if you can get a high quality apple cider (Trader Joe's makes a great Gravenstein one) then you can skip all the spices.

  • 12 Oct, 2009

    I was just thinking and searching the thing at the same time and date... Haha. That this would be great for Halloween. Adults and kids minus the rum 4 kids.... (^.^)~

  • 15 Dec, 2008

    I used this at a small Christmas gathering of highly accomplished gormet cooks. It was an absolute hit!

  • 13 Oct, 2008

    Absolutely delicious. Definately a new family favorite, great for any fall or winter occasion. I made this once and since everyone is looking forward to me making this at every occasion, tonight I am going to try this with slices of dried apple for thanksgiving!

  • 29 Sep, 2008

    Mmmm...I can't wait to make this for our halloween party!

  • 11 Dec, 2007

    Extra delicious if you add little pieces of apple or dried apricots

  • 11 Dec, 2007

    Pie apple-cider just fabulous. Must have for Christmas holiday drink.

  • 11 Dec, 2007

    Pie apple-cider just fabulous. Must have for Christmas holiday drink.