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Hot Buttered Spiced Cider from

Hot Buttered Spiced Cider


Spiced cider gets an added bit of richness from a pat of butter in this festive winter drink.



  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 1 strip of zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 strip of zest
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • cinnamon candy sticks or cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. In a large pot, combine the cider, lemon juice, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, not allowing to boil.
  2. Ladle the cider into mugs, leaving the zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves in the pot. Add about 1/2 teaspoon butter to each mug. Serve with candy sticks or cinnamon sticks, if desired.

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from Food Network Magazine November 2009