Recipe: Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Martha Stewart
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 Mug of Apple Cider

Here’s a delicious way to ward off cold weather: Serve hot cider spiced like an apple pie. Season your cider with the same spices you would use in a pie — cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg — then heat it up. If you’d like, pour in brandy for adults. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug for stirring.

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 quarts apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)

Directions

1.     In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.

 

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