Hot Apple Cider

I’ve made this recipe twice now, and it’s perfect.  Now that it’s getting cold out and Christmas is coming up,  I plan to make this a few more times.  Make sure to wash the fruit!

  • 32 fl oz Apple Juice
  • 2 apples (I used Gala)
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper corns
  • 1 orange, long strips of the zest
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup whiskey or bourbon 
Stud the small apples with the whole cloves by pressing the narrow end of the clove into the flesh of the apples.  Carefully remove the zest of the orange in long strips, try not to have any of the white layer of the orange.  Add the apples, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, orange zest and juice of lemon to a heavy pot filled with the apple juice.  Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce to low heat and cover partially.  Let simmer for 20 minutes then add the whisky or bourbon and serve warm.  Use more apple juice and whisky or bourbon as you please.  The more, the better!
Thanks for the photo Mike!
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