Homemade Spiced Cider
(yields 1/2 gallon)
In a cocktail shaker, muddle one teaspoon of brown sugar with lime and mint. Add ice, rum, and cider. Shake, then pour in ginger beer.
Combine remaining brown sugar and nutmeg on a plate. Run a lime wedge around rim of a highball glass, then dip rim into sugar and nutmeg. Pour in drink. Garnish with apple peel twirl and mint sprig.
To the jar of cider, add cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg, and cloves and let spices steep in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. Strain out spices.