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Hot Cider with Apple Brandy & Spices

November/December 1995

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A natural, cloudy apple cider is delicious for this exotically spicy and aromatic winter warmer, but if you desire a sparkling-clear drink, apple juice can be substituted. Calvados, which is a French apple brandy, adds richness. If you wish to omit it, just add more cider or juice.


Hot Cider with Apple Brandy & Spices

Makes: 8 servings

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider, or apple juice
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 4 whole cardamom seeds
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup Calvados, or brandy

Preparation

  1. Combine cider or juice, cloves, allspice, cardamom and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes; strain out spices and stir in Calvados (or brandy). Serve very hot in heavy mugs.

Nutrition

Per serving: 184 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 1 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 fruit


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Recipe Categories

Ease of Preparation
Easy
Ethnic/Regional
American
French
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Health & Diet Considerations
Gluten free
Servings
8 or more
Meal/Course
Dinner

Dessert
Season
Fall
Winter
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