Spiked Apple Cider

Photo: Leslie Durso
Spiked Apple Cider


  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise
  • 12 ounces brandy
Time estimates

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Total time: 10 minutes 


  1. In a pot on medium low heat, combine all the ingredients except the brandy and bring to a simmer. 
  2. Reduce heat and let the flavors combine for another few minutes.
  3. In a glass place 1 1/2 ounces brandy and fill the rest of the mug with cider. Stir and serve warm.

Serves 8

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Recipe: Spiked Apple Cider
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