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Hot Apple Cinnamon-Cranberry Cider

Servings: 4
This soothing hot cider will warm your guests up on a chilly Thanksgiving day or evening. If desired, you can use all apple cider instead of combining apple cider and cranberrry juice. Whichever you choose, both versions are wonderful!

Double the ingredients (except the spices) if you're serving more then 4 people.

2 cups apple cider
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
12 whole allspice berries
4 cinnamon sticks, each 3 inches long
1 whole nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 small red apple, cored and cut into wedges

1. In a medium-size saucepan, bring the cider, cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice, honey, allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, and orange rind to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add apple wedges and simmer for 3 minutes more.

2. Strain cider through a tea strainer or a sieve lined with 100% cotton cheesecloth into a large heat-proof pitcher. Stir gently. To serve, pour into glass mugs. Garnish each serving with cinnamon sticks.

Makes 4 (7 ounce) servings.

Date: October 12, 2006