We found this recipe a few years ago and have been using it for our Halloween parties ever since. It is perfect for this time of year and tastes really good. The original recipe called for Apple Brandy or Bourbon, but we use an Apple Whiskey, which we find just enhances the apple flavor. Obviously you can leave out the alcohol or add more if you like, but you have to be careful, you can’t taste the alcohol, which can be dangerous 😉
- 4 cups Apple Cider (not Apple Juice)
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 3 Whole Cloves
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Orange – halved
- 3/4 cup Apple Whiskey
Combine the cider, cinnamon stick, cloves, and salt in a saucepan. Squeeze the juice of the orange into the pan and then peel the skin of the orange and add them to the liquid. Bring the liquid to a simmer and then remove from the heat and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain and pour into a pitcher. Add the Apple Whiskey and refrigerate at least 2 hours or preferably overnight. Serve on the rocks with an orange garnish.