I love the smells of apples, cinnamon, allspice and clove wafting through the kitchen in the winter. Sitting by a warm fire, sipping spiced apple cider is a delightful way to spend an evening. Even better is to add a splash of Applejack or other brandy to the cider…yum!
Kendahl from Our Nourishing Roots has a wonderfully festive recipe for spiced apple
cider. She kindly is letting us post her recipe for apple cider from her comprehensive and delightful e-book, Natural Cocktails!
If you are looking for recipes to make cocktails from Real ingredients, this book is a great resource to have. Over 165 recipes for cocktails, mixers, garnishes and more. Check out the book here.
Hot Spiced Apple Cider
- 1 gallon fresh apple cider, preferably local and unpasteurized
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 5 star anise
- 12 cloves
- 8 allspice berries, cracked
- 5 cardamom pods, cracked
- Simmer all ingredients over low heat for at least 2 hours.
- Strain the solids from the cider and serve in mugs with cinnamon sticks as a functional garnish that doubles as a stirring stick
Hot Spiked Cider
- Irish coffee mugful of Hot Spiced Cider, above
- 1 1/2 ounces Calvados or applejack
- cinnamon stick for garnish
- Pour hot cider into the mug.
- Add the Calvados or applejack and garnish with a cinnamon stick for a stirrer.
I am going to admit that I really enjoyed the spiked version of this cider. Had a couple of mugfuls just to be sure it was worthy of our review. Hahahaha! 😉