Spiced Apple Cider



  • Lemon rind strips (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, halved
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Calvados (apple brandy) or applejack (such as Laird's)
  • Additional cinnamon sticks (optional)


1. Bring first 8 ingredients to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.

2. Pour mixture through a sieve over a large bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Stir in brandy. Serve in mugs; garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, if desired.

    Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 25 minutes. Recipe by Maureen Callahan, MS, RD, Health Contributing Editor.
  • Yield: About 13 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 173
Fat per serving: 0.0g
Saturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 0.0g
Carbohydrate per serving: 38g
Fiber per serving: 0.0g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 0.0mg
Sodium per serving: 31mg
Calcium per serving: 1mg