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    Sunday, November 28, 2004

    Cider rules

    Last night we enjoyed a big ol' pot of hot cider. The recipe's really easy and it's a perfect drink when entertaining, but you can simply make a smaller amount by cutting down the ingredients too.

    1 Gallon of Fresh Apple Cider
    2 Oranges
    Orange Juice
    Cinnamon Sticks
    Ground Cinnamon
    Ground Nutmeg
    Brandy (Ginger Brandy recommended but not necessary)

    Dump approximately 1/2 gallon of cider in a large pot, slice up two oranges and add them with a handful of cranberries. Add only a small splash of orange juice. Add some cloves but don't go overboard. Add the ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to your desire and let sit on a low heat for at least a half-hour. When the oranges have sunk and look pretty drunk and the cranberries have gone soft, it's time to enjoy! Ladel the cider into some thick mugs, add the brandy and a cinnamon stick. If you make it, let me know how it goes!