Ginger-Spiced Cider


12 cups apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1 orange (cut into strips)
1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole clove
2 pieces peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups brandy (only if you want to give it a kick!)


Mix first 7 ingredients in large saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture 30 minutes to blend flavors. Strain cider into mugs, and serve with a dash of brandy, if desired.

*photo by Mike Bullock

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