Well, there's no doubt that apple cider was one of the warm drinks
cherished by the Michigan lumber men after leaving their homes in
the North for a new life in Bayou Country. However, it didn't take
long for apple cider to make its way across the Mason Dixon line
and for interesting variations to appear in the Lake Charles area.
This was a Ramsay House favorite during the holiday season.
- 4 quarts apple cider
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp mace
- 1 tsp coriander seed
- 2 tbsps whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tbsps orange zest
- 1/4 tsp salt
In a large ceramic sauce pan, combine apple cider and orange juice
over medium-high heat. Blend well then add sugar and stir until
dissolved. Add allspice, mace, coriander seed, cloves, cinnamon,
orange zest and salt. Using a wire whisk, blend spices well into
the juices. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and reduce to simmer.
Cover and cook 30 minutes. Strain cider and serve hot. For an interesting
option, chill cider and serve as a festive cold punch.