- In a Dutch oven combine the apple cider or juice, cherries, cherry or apple brandy (if desired), honey or brown sugar, the 6 inches stick cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through a sieve lined with 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth.
- To serve, pour the cider into heatproof glasses or cups. If desired, garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge. Makes about 12 (8-ounce) servings.