Monday, August 20, 2012

HOT MULLED CIDER WITH LEMON SLICES

1 quart apple cider
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 small cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
lemon slices for garnish
additional cinnamon sticks to place in cups as stirrers, if desired

Combine the cider, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger in a 2-quart saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove and discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves.  Pour the cider into cups and garnish each with a lemon slice.  Place a standing cinnamon stick in cups, if desired.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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