Christmas Cheer Recipe

  • 10 whole cloves
  • 8 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle apple cider
  • 16 fluid ounces cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 1/8 inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin slices
  • 10 fluid ounces bourbon
  • 10 2-inch strips orange peel
  1. Tie cloves, cardamom pods, allspice berries, and star anise together in a cheesecloth sachet.
  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.
  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.