Spiced Apple Cider
4 cups freshly pressed apple juice (not from concentrate)
1 cup water
½ orange, sliced into discs
1 inch piece of ginger, sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
¼ Tsp. allspice
1/8 Tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
In a large non reactive pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for about 5 minutes.
Cover pot, reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Line a collander with cheesecloth and strain the cider.
Serve warm. Spike with dark rum if it’s been one of those days.