Place 15-ounces of apple cider in a 3-quart saucepan along with rice and 1 teaspoon butter. Cover and cook according to package directions.
Place raisins in a microwaveable container and pour apple cider over to cover. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Set aside for 5 minutes; drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet. Saute onions and celery until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in allspice, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Stir in cooked rice and plumped raisins, and heat through. Stir in chopped apple and remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds and serve. Goes great with pork.