The most coveted dish at any Hanukkah celebration is one piled high with sizzling latkes. Specially prepared for the Jewish holiday, the potato pancakes are panfried in oil until golden, then served with side dishes like this pink applesauce.
In a wide, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Cook, stirring frequently and adding more cider as needed to prevent scorching, until apples are broken down, 50 to 60 minutes. Mash large pieces with spoon; add more sugar and spices, as desired.
Remove from heat; discard cinnamon stick. Serve warm or at room temperature with latkes. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days.