Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

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Serves 8-10

For a cold Purim this is a sensational addition to the meal, as an appetizer or accompanying dessert. It’s an adult drink, but so good that you need to be careful because the kids will like it too.

½ gallon apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
4 tablespoons honey
¾ bottle Gewurztraminer or Sweet White Wine
1 cup fresh cranberries or cut up apples

Put the cider, all spices, and honey into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes so the flavors blend. Add the wine and just warm it through, do not boil.

Add the cranberries or apples and simmer until the apples are colored a bit. Taste and add more honey if necessary.

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