Who says the kids get all the treats? Here’s a delicious treat for yourself as you give out the candy – Hot Apple Cider. This beverage can be made in advance. Just bring it to a simmer to reheat. (Bonus: Your house will smell wonderful!) For a grown up treat, add a little rum or brandy, if you like, to spike it up a bit.
Hot Apple Cider (makes 2 quarts)
- 1 tsp whole allspice
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Wrap the allspice, cloves, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg in cheesecloth or place in a tea ball.
- Pour the apple cider, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Add the spices.
- Bring to a slow boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove spices and serve. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)