A delicious non-alcoholic drink that pleases young and old alike. The orange slices add a bright fresh taste to the cider. Feel free to spike the drink with some spiced rum, vodka or brandy for a festive kick. Use only whole spices, unless indicated, otherwise the cider will taste gritty.
Makes about 1.75 litres
One 1.87 litre apple cider (not juice)
3 orange slices, plus additional for garnishing the cups
2 sliced fresh gingerroot
1 heaping tbsp brown sugar
Few gratings of nutmeg, or a pinch
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
5 whole cloves
5 whole allspice berries
Into a large dutch oven or stock pot, pour the apple cider and then add the oranges slices, fresh ginger, brown sugar and nutmeg. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice into a small piece of cheesecloth. Tie with a string or clean twist tie. Add to the pot.
Bring the cider to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes. Remove the oranges, ginger and cheesecloth pouch. Ladle into cups and garnish with an orange slice.
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