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Ina Garten's Hot Spiced Apple Cider

SERVINGS
6
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Ina Garten's Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Ina Garten
SERVINGS
6
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh apple cider
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 (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
  • Chef notes

    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.

    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.