This recipe is unbeatable: my mother’s hot, spiced apple cider was always associated with cool Fall nights but especially Halloween night. She brewed it in an antique coffee maker that moaned like a ghost, and the aromatics filled the house with cinnamon, clove, and allspice. This cider benefits from extended brewing times.

The Ingredients

1 gallon apple cider

1/4 C. honey

1 cinnamon stick

1 t. allspice

1 t. cloves

The Preparation

1. Place apple cider in a crock pot or large pot on the stove. Heat on high if using a crock pot or a medium heat in on the stove.

2. Add cinnamon stick, allspice, and cloves.

3. Once the cider has become hot, stir in the honey and reduce crock pot to low. If on the stove top, reduce heat to a very low setting and partially cover: the liquid should continue to steam but not simmer.

4. Allow cider to brew at least an hour, but longer is better.

5. Serve hot.

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