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Nothing evokes Christmas memories like the aroma of simmering spices drifting through the house. This fragrant cider is perfect for sipping while decorating the tree, wrapping presents or just relaxing with the family and a good jigsaw puzzle.
- 2 cinnamon sticks, each 3 inches long
- 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
- 12 whole cloves
- 1 quart (4 cups) cranberry juice cocktail
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 quart (4 cups) apple cider
- Orange and lemon slices studded with whole cloves for garnishing
Place the cinnamon, allspice and cloves on a small cheesecloth square, bring the corners together and tie securely with kitchen string. (If you don't have cheesecloth, add the spices to the juice and pour the mixture through a sieve before adding the cider.)
In a soup pot, mix together the cranberry juice, maple syrup and lemon juice. Add the spice bag and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes to blend the flavors. Remove from the heat, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes.
Remove and discard the spice bag and stir in the apple cider. Reheat to desired temperature. Ladle into individual mugs, a pre-warmed punch bowl or 1 or 2 vacuum-type pump pots. Garnish each drink or the punch bowl with orange and lemon slices.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
128 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 6mg sodium; 32g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 0g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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