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Christmas Spiced Apple Cider

Ingredients

  • Lemon rind strips (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 liter of 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 apple brandy

Preparation

1. Bring all ingredients except the apple brandy to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Pour mixture through a sieve over a large bowl, reserving liquid and discard the solids.  Stir in brandy.

3. Serve in mugs; garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, if desired.

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