Two cool-weather favorites meld into one in this brandy-spiked warmer.
1/2 gallon fresh apple cider
2 small navel oranges, halved and thinly sliced
4 oz. butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
10-12 cinnamon sticks
2 cups apple brandy
Tools: saucepan, wooden spoon, ladle
Glass: punch or snifter
Garnish: orange wheel and cinnamon stick
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add orange slices and brown sugar, cooking until slices caramelize. Add remaining ingredients, except apple brandy, and stir until hot. Remove from heat, stir in apple brandy and pour into glasses. Serves 8.
Reprinted with permission from Drinking in Maine by Michael S. Sanders. Published by Table Arts Media, 2012.