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Hot Apple Cider

 Hot  Apple Cider
A hot beverage like this is savored here when chilly weather returns after summer. The clove-studded orange slices are so attractive.
8-10 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium navel orange, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 50 to 60 whole cloves
  • 6 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (4 inches)
  • 2-1/4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Additional cinnamon sticks, optional

Directions

  • Cut orange slices in half. Using a wooden toothpick, poke holes in
  • the peel of each orange slice at 1/2-in. intervals. Insert a clove
  • into each hole; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, bring apple juice and cinnamon stick to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the pineapple
  • juice, honey, lemon juice and peel and nutmeg; return to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minute.
  • Discard cinnamon stick. Garnish with orange slices. Serve warm with
  • additional cinnamon sticks for stirrers if desired. Yield: 8-10
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 137 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.