Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer


  • 10 whole cloves
  • 8 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 1 (64 fl oz) bottle apple cider
  • 16 fl oz cranberry juice cocktail
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 ⅛ inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin slices
  • 10 fl oz bourbon
  • 10 2-inch strips orange peel


  • Step 1
    Tie cloves, cardamom pods, allspice berries, and star anise together in a cheesecloth sachet.
  • Step 2
    Combine apple cider, cranberry juice, and brown sugar together in a pot; bring to a simmer. Add cinnamon sticks, ginger, and spice sachet to cider mixture and steep for 20 minutes.
  • Step 3
    Pour 1 fluid ounce bourbon into each mug and top off with spiced cider. Rub the edge of each mug with orange peel and drop into the drink.
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