Spiced Apple Cider

Reducing the cider intensifies its flavor. This spiced cider can be served without the brandy or bourbon to make it family friendly, or add a bit for the adults.
Photo by Liz G.
Adapted from bonappetit.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Adapted from bonappetit.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    gallon apple cider, preferably fresh (the darker the better)

  • 1

    tablespoon whole allspice

  • 1

    teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 4

    whole cloves

  • 3

    cinnamon sticks

  • 1

    vanilla bean, split lengthwise

  • Brandy, Calvados (apple brandy), or bourbon (optional)

Directions

Combine cider, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring spiced cider just to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook just below a simmer until flavors meld, about 1 hour. Strain cider through a sieve into another pot or heatproof punch bowl; discard solids in sieve. Add brandy to taste, if using. Ladle hot spiced cider into cups.

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