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Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Is there anything more comforting on a cold, snowy day than sitting in front of a roaring fire with a good book and a delicious hot drink to warm your insides? With all its wintery spices like cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, you could certainly make this hot spiced apple cider alcohol-free, but good bourbon is so perfect in it, why would you?? - Ina Garten

Prep
Cook
Serves 6people
Ingredients
4
cups fresh apple cider
4
while black peppercorns
6
or 7 (2 to 3 inch) cinnamon sticks
3
whole dried cloves
1
star anise
1
navel orange
Good bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark (optional)
1
crisp red apple
Directions
1.
Place the apple cider, peppercorns, one of the cinnamon sticks, the cloves, and the star anise in the medium saucepan.
2.
Cut a large (1 x 4-inch) peel from the orange using a vegetable peeler and add it to the pan.
3.
Bring the cider mixture to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
4.
Strain into a 4-cup glass measuring cup and discard the solids.
5.
Pour the hot cider into mugs or heatproof glasses.
6.
Add 2 tablespoons bourbon, if using, to each mug.
7.
Cut the orange in half through the stem, slice crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick half-rounds, and add one slice to each mug.
8.
Cut the apple in half through the stem, remove the core, slice crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick half-rounds, and add one slice to each glass.
9.
Serve hot with a cinnamon stick in each glass for stirring.

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