The incredible warmth afforded to those who consume Hot Apple Cider with a Kick is an immeasurable pleasure resulting in a comforting glow. Seriously delicious.

Hot Apple Cider with a Kick
Recipe type: Punch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 6 Cups apple cider
  • 1/4 Cup real maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips
  • 3 ounces Laird's Applejack (optional)
For Garnish
  • 6 pieces (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel sauce pan.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string.
  3. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
  4. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
  5. Remove the cider from the heat.
  6. Discard the spice bundle.
  7. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.
  8. Add 1/2 ounce Applejack Brandy to each cup, if desired.

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