Hot Cinnamon Cider
Makes four 7-ounce servings.
4 cups (1 quart) apple cider
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
In a medium-size saucepan, bring the cider, orange juice, honey,
allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, and orange rind
to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer (never boil),
uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add apple wedges and simmer for 3 minutes
more. Strain through a tea strainer or a sieve lined with 100
percent cotton cheesecloth into a large heat-proof pitcher. Carefully
pour in cider and stir gently.
TIP: can substitute 2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail for the 2
cups of apple cider.