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