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Spiced Apple-Calvados Cocktails

  • ACTIVE: 10 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • MAKE-AHEAD

This seasonal cider can be poured over ice or warmed and served in mugs with cinnamon sticks as a garnish.

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  1. 1 quart apple cider
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  4. 1 cinnamon stick
  5. 1/3 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  6. Salt
  7. 4 cups Calvados or other apple brandy
  8. Apple slices, for garnish
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cider, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean and seeds and a pinch of salt and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand until cool. Strain into a large pitcher; stir in the Calvados. Serve over ice, garnished with apple slices.
Make Ahead The spiced cider can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.