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Spiced Apple Cider and Natural Cocktails

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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
  1. Simmer all ingredients over low heat for at least 2 hours.
  2. 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
  1. Pour hot cider into the mug.
  2. 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!  😉


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