Peel the apples and cut them into quarters.
Place in a microwave-safe bowl the brown sugar, water or apple juice, the lemon or orange grated rind and juice.
Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes.
Add the apples, stir.
Microwave at HIGH 5 to 7 minutes, stirring once during the cooking period.
Remove the apples to a serving dish with a slotted spoon, draining as much syrup as possible.
Add the remaining ingredients to the syrup.
Microwave at HIGH 1 minute.
Pour over the apples.
Cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.