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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.

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  • 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)


Servings 12
Adapted from


Step 1

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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