The Pioneer Woman spices up her mulled apple cider with the addition of cranberries and apple brandy.
(Makes about 1¼ gallons)
1 gallon apple cider
3 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon allspice berries
5 – 7 cinnamon sticks
½ cup fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
1 cup apple brandy or regular brandy (optional)
Pour the apple cider into a large pot over medium‑high heat. Dice up the apples and toss them into the cider. Then peel the rind off the orange in large pieces and toss that in, too. Add the allspice berries, the cinnamon sticks, and the cranberries. Next, add the sugar and stir it to dissolve.
Bring the mixture to a low boil. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Add the brandy, if using, and then simmer for another 10 – 15 minutes. Serve warm.
From the November/December 2014 issue.