Connected to warm memories, or hopes for happiness to come, the cheerful scents of the holidays often evoke the flavors of the season.
- 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
- 4 star anise
- 6 to 8 whole cloves
- 2 whole allspice berries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Combine ingredients and wrap in a plastic bag secured with a ribbon. Add an instruction card explaining to add the spices to 2 quarts of apple cider and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove the spices and serve hot. Sweeten, if desired. For a variation, add the ingredients to 2 cups of water and simmer to scent the kitchen and adjoining rooms.
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