Comment: Well, there's no doubt that apple cider was one of the warm drinks cherished by Michigan lumbermen. After leaving their northern homes, these settlers introduced the drink to Bayou Country. It wasn't long before interesting variations began to appear in the area of Lake Charles, La.
1 gallon 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 grated orange zest 1/4 tsp salt
In a large ceramic saucepan, combine apple cider and orange juice over medium-high heat. Blend well then add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Whisk in allspice, mace, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest and salt. Bring mixture to a rolling boil then reduce to simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Strain cider and serve hot. For an interesting variation, chill cider and serve as a festive cold punch.