So...I've been having a very productive search with a little bit of "taste testing" for the recipes whose ingredients I have on hand.
My fav "sip" for this Thursday evening is from Eating Well Magazine (no surprise as it is one I subscribe too!)
Hot Cider with Apple Brandy and Spices (I had to improvise on the brand of brandy, but here's their version):
A natural, cloudy apple cider is delicious for this exotically spicy and aromatic winter warmer, but if you desire a sparkling-clear drink, apple juice can be substituted. Calvados, which is a French apple brandy, adds richness. If you wish to omit it, just add more cider or juice.
Makes 8 servings (I cut the whole thing in half)
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy
- 8 cups apple cider or apple juice
- 4 whole cloves
- 4 whole allspice berries
- 4 whole cardamom seeds
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup Calvados or brandy
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 184 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 1 mg potassium.
2 Carbohydrate Servings (Not too bad, it has this "warm filling" affect and sipping one in a nice ceramic mug goes a long way for sitting by the fire with friends after a long day!)
Wouldn't the solo Vendee folks, who are playing in the 40s love a sip of this warm cider!