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Hot Buttered Apple Cider Recipe-3754

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Curling up with a good book and a cup of hot cider on a chilly afternoon is the kind of activity that makes cold weather (almost) welcome. This version is spicier than most and will really warm you to the bone.

Yield: Makes 8 Servings


  • 6 quarter-sized slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 6 star anise
  • Four 3-inch-long cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 quart fresh apple cider
  • Calvados or applejack, for serving (optional)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons


1. Rinse and squeeze out a 12-inch square of cheesecloth. Wrap the ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, and Sichuan peppercorns in the cheesecloth. Using a piece of kitchen twine, tie it into a packet.

2. Pour the cider in a large nonreactive saucepan and add the spice bundle. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.

3. Ladle the cider into warmed mugs. Add a dry cinnamon stick to each mug, and spike with Calvados. Top each with a pat of butter. Serve hot.

© 2008 Rick Rodgers

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information does not include the Calvados or applejack, for serving.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

159kcal (8%)
13mg (1%)
1mg (2%)
97mcg RAE (3%)
31mg (10%)
7mg (0%)
7g (37%)
12g (18%)
0mg (1%)

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