Sorry for not putting this up yesterday, or the day before.  I got sidetracked with my major award!
The orange zest in this cider hints at the orange glaze on the brioche doughnuts, making it the perfect complement.  Enjoy!
Oh, and if you don’t have all the things like cardamom pods or whole anise florets, just toss in whatever you have.  It will still taste good.

spiced apple cider

1/2 gallon (2 litres) good apple cider
2-3 long strips of orange zest (use a vegetable peeler)
2-3 whole star anise
2-3 green or white cardamom pods
1 thin slice of fresh ginger
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large pot.  Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.  Keep on low heat until finished serving.


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