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Old 09-30-2002, 09:52 AM   #1
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Special ciders for cool fall nights

I'm gearing up for those crisp fall evenings, when friends drop by and we warm up with a mug of "special" cider. These can be enjoyed without the alcohol if desired, or you want to make some for children.

HOT BUTTERED CRANBERRY CIDER

4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
4 cups apple cider
One 3-inch cinnamon stick
1 cup dark rum
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into bits

In a stainless steel or enameled saucepan combine the cranberry juice, the cider, and the cinnamon stick, bring the liquid to a boil, and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the rum, the honey, and the butter, and stir the mixture until the butter is melted. Ladle the cider into heated mugs.

Serves 8 to 10.

HOT MEXICAN CIDER

5 cups apple cider
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups tequila
1/3 cup orange-flavored liqueur
8 lemon slices for garnish

In a saucepan combine the cider, the lemon juice, and the salt, bring the mixture to a simmer, and skim it. Add the tequila and the liqueur and heat the mixture over moderate heat, stirring until it is hot. Divide the mixture among 8 heated mugs and garnish each drink with 1 of the lemon slices.

Makes 8 drinks.

APPLE CIDER PUNCH

1 cup applejack or Calvados
1 cup Irish whiskey
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, strained
4 to 6 cups apple cider, or to taste
Pinch of ground cloves
Garnish: 1 red Delicious apple, halved and sliced thin, and 1 lime, sliced

In a punch bowl, combine applejack, whiskey, lime juice and apple cider. Stir in cloves. Chill for 1 hour. Add a block of ice or ice cubes. Garnish the punch with apple and lime slices.

Makes 8 cups
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Re: Special ciders for cool fall nights

Oh, wow, these are great! Thanks for sharing! This is way better than warming up Hard Core cider in the crock pot!
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Wow, those do sound awesome! [img]graemlins/yuma.gif[/img]
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[img]graemlins/yuma.gif[/img] Thanks for sharing! These sound delish!
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Those sound fabulous (though I'm betting the Mexican one can sneak up on you!!)

Thanks for sharing!
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Those sound fabulous (though I'm betting the Mexican one can sneak up on you!!)
<font size="2" face="Comic Sans MS, Arial">They all sneak up on me September. They taste so good you don't notice until you go to stand up! Whoa... [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] I'm happy to share these recipes with my passporter buds. Spread the fun I say!
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OOOH! Thanks! DH's birthday is tomorrow and we're having some friends over for a little birthday celebration. I believe the Mexican cider will be making an appearance!
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