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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Recipe: Spiced Cider

It's fall/autumn and it's time to warm up with a lovely glass of cider. Found this as I was searching for Halloween recipes on Cooking Light.

 Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)


  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 (1/2-inch-thick) orange slice
  • 1 (1/2-inch-thick) lemon slice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks (optional)


Combine cider, cinnamon stick, clove, orange slice, and lemon slice in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Strain cider mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Stir in brandy. Serve warm. Garnish each serving with 1 cinnamon stick, if desired.
Note: Steep the cider a day ahead of time, keep it refrigerated, and then reheat just before serving. For a nonalcoholic version, simply omit the brandy.

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