I was in New York this past weekend. The city was magical with brightly lit Christmas trees, stunning window displays, and people getting together to celebrate the holidays.
Hot apple spiced cider was on every restaurant menu and I finally ordered one at Gramercy Tavern The steamy apple cider was served in an oversized mug with a tall cinnamon stick. The cinnamon stick gave a nice aroma and created an elegant presentation with a dried apple slice floating on top. The cider was perfect for the brisk winter’s day.
Here is my version of spiced apple cider with allspice, cloves, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Warm and satisfying. Just a few minutes of prep time and your house will start to smell like the holidays.
||quarts apple cider
||cup brown sugar, tightly packed
||teaspoon whole allspice
||dash of nutmeg
In a tea strainer combine all the spices. If you don’t have one of those wrap the spices tightly in a cheesecloth.
In a large saucepan, combine apple cider, sugar and salt. Add spices. Bring slowly to a boil. About 20 minutes. Turn down the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes. Discard spices.
Add cinnamon stick and dried apple to each mug.
This can be made ahead of time and reheated when needed, but don’t boil.
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