Apples, cinnamon, and toasty drinks are as much a part of autumn as red-gold leaves and slick yellow rain boots. Enjoy one of the signature scents of the season by cooking up your own spiced apple cider! Pair it with a cozy knitted blanket, a thick Russian novel, and a crackling fireplace, and you've got yourself one lovely night.

Apple Cider


  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel (cut into strips)
  • 1 lemon peel (cut into strips)


  1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
  3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
  4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

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