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Mulled Apple Cider with Candied Ginger

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Mulled Apple Cider with Candied Ginger

Mulled Apple Cider with Candied Ginger

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A warm glass of hot mulled cider is the perfect winter treat. Add a bit of Calvados or apple brandy and you have a delicious wintery cocktail. I prefer pure apple cider that is cloudy. It has a more complex flavor and is perfect for hot beverages. If you like the clear variety, though, that will work just fine.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1 orange plus 4 orange slices for garnish
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons candied ginger, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Calvados or Apple Brandy (optional)

Preparation:

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the orange and lemon, then squeeze the juice and reserve.

Combine the apple cider, zest, orange and lemon juice, brown sugar and spices in a medium nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and add the Calvados (if using). Strain through a sieve or cheesecloth into a punch bowl. Ladle into cups and garnish with the orange slices and candied ginger. Add a cinnamon stick for a stirrer if you like. Serve hot.

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