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Spiced Hot Apple Cider
Hot cider hits the spot on cold, snowy afternoons or when you're sitting in front of a blazing fire. Plus, it's easy to make and fills the house with heady aromas!
Serves: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 to 8 minutes


1/2 gallon fresh apple cider
2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, or 2 cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into slices
cinnamon sticks, for garnish, optional
whipped cream, for garnish, optional

Put the cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange slices in a large, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes, or until hot. Do not boil. Stir several times with a wooden spoon.

Strain into a heatproof pitcher or individual mugs. Serve garnished with cinnamon sticks or whipped cream, if desired.

Refrigerate leftover cider and reheat gently for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in the microwave or in a pan set over medium heat.