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THANKSGIVING MONTH: HOT SPICED CIDER WITH CALVADOS

It's November, the eating-est month of the year. In celebration of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, we'll spend the month offering up recipes that would make nice, change-of-pace additions to your big meal. Today's fall cocktail recipe would make a nice warm-up (or wind-down) to the big meal. It comes from foodchannel.com.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups apple cider or apple juice

3 cinnamon sticks

30 whole cloves

8 slices crystallized ginger, each about 1 inch in diameter

3/4 cup Calvados or other apple brandy

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves and crystallized ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer gently for 30 minutes to blend the flavors.

Ladle the cider into warmed mugs or cups, adding some of the spices to each serving. Stir 2 tablespoons Calvados into each mug and serve immediately. Serves 6.

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