There's nothing more soothing than a mug of spiced apple cider while you're decorating your Christmas tree or throwing a holiday gathering. Best of all, the warm drink can be enjoyed by adults and children. This recipe is so simple your preschooler can do most of the work himself. Aside from the cooking, of course.

In a large pot, combine a jug of fresh apple cider, a few whole cloves and cinnamon sticks, and a peeled and separated orange. While the juice simmers for 20 minutes, have your lil one drop a small cinnamon stick in each mug before you pour and serve.

To err on the side of caution, let the cider sit until it's an appropriate temperature for the lil ones. And, for the adults who like a kick in their drink, add a splash of brandy to their cups.

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