Spiced Apple Cider
Ingredients for 13 servings:
  • Lemon rind strips (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, halved
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Calvados (apple brandy) or applejack (such as Laird's)
  • Additional cinnamon sticks (optional)
Directions
  • Bring first 8 ingredients to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.
  • Pour mixture through a sieve over a large bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Stir in brandy.
  • Serve in mugs; garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, if desired.