Lemon zest and fresh ginger in addition to the usual warming spices amp up this wintertime classic.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel lemon zest in long strips (avoiding the white pith). Squeeze 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
In a medium pot, combine cider, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer; cover and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Add lemon juice and strain; discard solids. Serve warm, with lemon slices.
For an alcoholic version of this drink, add bourbon to taste.