Steep the cider a day ahead of time, keep it refrigerated, and then reheat just before serving. For a nonalcoholic version, simply omit the brandy.
5 cups apple cider
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1 whole clove
1 (1/2-inch-thick) orange slice
1 (1/2-inch-thick) lemon slice
1/2 cup brandy
6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks (optional)
Combine cider, cinnamon stick, clove, orange slice, and lemon slice in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Strain cider mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Stir in brandy. Serve warm. Garnish each serving with 1 cinnamon stick, if desired.
Makes: 6 servings
Serving Size: about 2/3 cup
Each serving provides: CALORIES 173 (0.0% from fat); FAT 0.0g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g); PROTEIN 0.9g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 2mg; SODIUM 0.0mg; FIBER 0.1g; IRON 0.0mg; CARBOHYDRATE 29.6g
Source: Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2007