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Spiced Cider Bundles

I like to enhance the naturally good taste of hot apple cider with a bundle filled with cloves, allspice, dried orange peel and a cinnamon stick. It really warms you up on a winter day.—Alissa Stehr, Gau-Odernheim, Germany
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings per batch

Ingredients

  • Cheesecloth
  • 24 whole cloves
  • 24 whole allspice
  • 4 teaspoons dried orange peel
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR SPICED CIDER:
  • 8 cups apple cider or juice

Directions

  • Cut eight 6-in. squares of cheesecloth; stack two squares on top of each other to make four stacks.
  • Place 6 cloves, 6 allspice, 1 teaspoon orange peel and 1 cinnamon stick on each stack; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Yield: 4 bundles.
  • To prepare cider: Place cider in a Dutch oven; add one spice bag. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes. Discard spice bag; ladle cider into mugs.
Editor's Note: To make dried orange peel, finely grate the peel from two oranges; spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 200° for 16-20 minutes or until dry.

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