Monday, August 15, 2011

1950s HOT SPICED CIDER

8 cups apple juice or cider
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
6-inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp whole cloves
1 large orange cut into 8 thin wedges
8 whole cloves

Combine the cider or juice and brown sugar together in a saucepan.

Make a spice bag by putting the cinnamon, allspice, and the 1 teaspoon of whole cloves together in a 6-inch doubled square piece of cotton cheesecloth tied up with a clean string. (Or use a tea ball and break up the cinnamon) Add spice bag to the mixture.

Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the spice bag and discard. Serve the hot cider in mugs.

While the mixture is simmering, stud each of the 8 orange wedges with a whole clove and place 1 wedge in each mug.

Yield: 8 (8-oz each) servings

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