A wonderful cold-weather get-together drink, perfect for a special party or for a more informal apres ski. The combination is more flavorful and with the whipped cream topping, even smoother than the more usual hot buttered rum. Remember when planning bigger batches that whipping cream doubles in volume when whipped.
Bring cider to boil. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in rum, brandy, apple brandy, orange liqueur, spices, and salt. Stir in orange juice concentrate. Heat over moderate heat, stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour into demitasse cups or wine glasses and top with a generous dollop of sweetened whipped cream. (The whipped cream makes a big difference in the finished taste of the drink – don’t omit it.) Garnish with fresh nutmeg if desired.