each but I like to include them in holiday baskets. I like to make
these for the kids to have cider during the fall and winter holidays
as a tradition in our very new household. They are very cute and
great as a gift. Tie with a festive ribbon and attached to a bottle
of apple juice along with the directions. These can be made
inexpensively if you purchase your spices in bulk by weight.
2 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
12 (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon sticks
12 small whole nutmegs
24 large whole allspice
96 whole cloves
without breaking the orange rind. Reserve pulp for another use or
discard. Place orange halves cut side up (like a bowl) on a wire
rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 250F for 2 hours until dry and hard.
mounding slightly. Arrange spices in the brown sugar to resemble
beetles: use a cinnamon stick as the body, a nutmeg as the head, 2
allspice for the eyes (on each side of the head), and 6-8 cloves for
the legs/feet. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the
refrigerator (I keep mine sealed in plastic and in the cupboard).
quarts apple juice or cider. Simmer 30 minutes. Strain whole spices
and orange rind from cider to serve. May add 1/2 cup of Brandy, and
heat well. Store leftover cider in the refrigerator.