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Winter months beg for hot cider!  This recipe takes traditional spiced apple cider to the next level with the addition of fruit-infused cherry balsamic vinegar.  It is a wonderful beverage for gatherings – easy to prepare and keep warm, and guests can serve themselves.

Choose a cider with no added sugar and a good quality cherry balsamic. If cherry is not available, pomegranate is equally delicious. Cheers!

Makes 1-gallon hot cider

1-gallon apple cider (no added sugar)
2/3 cup cherry balsamic vinegar
2 cups orange juice (no or low sugar)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp ground allspice

Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Bring to simmer over medium heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, stir, simmering gently for 5 – 10 minutes.  Ladle into cups and serve or transfer to a slow cooker, air pot or other insulated beverage container to keep warm.

Option – Add ½ – 1 oz Brandy or Rum to each cup for an adult cocktail version.


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