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Ina Garten's Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Ina Garten's Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Ina Garten
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Servings:
6

These are the perfect sippers for cozying up next to the fireplace on chilly winter nights. The warm spices and sweet cider are a perfect pairing.

Ingredients

    • 4 cups fresh apple cider
    • 4 whole black peppercorns
    • 6 or 7 (2- to 3-inch) cinnamon sticks
    • 3 whole dried cloves
    • 1 star anise pod
    • 1 navel orange
    • Good bourbon, such as Maker's Mark (optional)
    • 1 crisp red apple

Preparation

1. Place the apple cider, peppercorns, one of the cinnamon sticks, the cloves and the star anise in a medium saucepan. Cut a large (1- by 4-inch) peel from the orange using a vegetable peeler and add it to the pan.

2. Bring the cider mixture to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Strain into a 4-cup glass measuring cup and discard the solids.

4. Pour the hot cider into mugs or heatproof glasses. Add 2 tablespoons bourbon, if using, to each mug.

5. Cut the orange in half through the stem, slice crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick half-rounds, and add one slice to each mug.

6. Cut the apple in half through the stem, remove the core, slice crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick half-rounds, and add one slice to each glass.

7. Serve hot with a cinnamon stick in each glass for stirring.