I think we first made this cider our very first thanksgiving after I moved to San Francisco.
It all started, as all great ciders must, when we had too much brandy. Brandy is a funny liquor. Everyone always seems to have it in their liquor cabinet, but who ever really drinks the stuff?!
Cider just happens to be the perfect drink for our friend Brandy. And Brandy Cider is the best thanksgiving cocktail ever.
I have to be honest. We don't really have a perfect recipe, and we have never made two batches the same.
That said, you really can't go wrong with these delicious ingredients.
Here's the general idea:
Start with two gallons of cider or apple juice in a large pot and put it on medium heat. This can be as fancy or as basic a juice/cider as you like. I say go with your favorite apple cider/juice. It's always good to start with something familiar.
Add in Brandy. The amount of Brandy is really up to you. I usually do a three or four second pour, and then let guests add a Brandy topper to their liking in their own cups.
Slice a variety of yummy fruits. Orange, apple, and lemon are good choices. You don't need to overdo these. One of each is more than enough. For this batch I made on Sunday, I left out the lemon.
Add in a few cinnamon sticks (make sure you save enough cinnamon sticks so that each guests can have one as a stir stick in their mug), a dozen or so cloves, and a few dashes of ground cinnamon.
Mix well and heat for 10-15 minutes or until desired temperature, take from heat, and serve. We like to serve with a cinnamon stick in each mug. We typically end up heating it up a few times over the course of the evening.
Hope you enjoy this yummy recipe.