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Hot Spiced Cider with Calvados

Enjoy this soothing cool-weather drink in front of a roaring fire along with a selection of butter cookies and a bowl of fresh oranges. For a festive touch, garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick and a few whole cloves.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 30 whole cloves
  • 8 slices crystallized ginger, each about 1 inch in   diameter
  • 3/4 cup Calvados or other apple brandy

Directions:

In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves and crystallized ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer gently for 30 minutes to blend the flavors.

Ladle the cider into warmed mugs or cups, adding some of the spices to each serving. Stir 2 Tbs. Calvados into each mug and serve immediately.
Serves 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, After Dinner, by Kristine Kidd (Time-Life Books, 1998).