This recipe is a perfect signature drink for a fall wedding. Use freshly pressed cider if available, as it has the best flavor; a clear glass lets the drink's rich color show through.
Bring cider, fresh ginger, and allspice to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat, and cover. Let stand 10 minutes. Skim foam and strain, discarding solids.
Ladle 1/2 cup hot cider into each mug, and add 3/4 ounce brandy. Add ginger cube to each mug, if desired.