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.
- 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
- Add 1 1/2 ounces of Applejack or Calvados to a mug of hot cider.
- Garnish with cinnamon stick.
This sounds yummy, similar to my favorite holiday bev, wassail. Nourished Kitchen has one that calls for eggs that I plan to try this year.
I want to try her recipe this year, too!
sounds really yummy! my favorite holiday beverage is…. not just one. Too many to choose from! I love hot apple cider, egg nog, champagne, and I make a delicious home made pumpkin spice latte.
I love champagne too!
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oh champagne…now i want champagne.
i love hot chocolate and apple cider. i think hot chocolate is easier to make though.
Hot chocolate is a tasty winter treat!!! Love it with a peppermint stick!
Eggnog – spiked!
Tis the season!
Hard Hot Chocolate…mmmmmm!
I have had my eye on this book. Thanks for an opportunity to win one.
Would LOVE to get my hands on this! 🙂
What a great giveaway! I love spiced apple cider, this time of year. Good luck to everyone!
I love hot mulled apple cider and hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma.
I <3 egg nog! (And wine… but that's all year!)
Yes, I am a wine-o too 😉
My fave would have to be hot toddys.
I have never actually had a hot toddy. But, there is a good looking recipe for one in this book!
I just concocted a drink last night. 3 parts godiva white chocolate caramel liquor, 1 part grey goose vodka and a splash of peppermint schnapps. Served in a martini glass with a mini candy cane hung on the rim. It was a hit with my summer tennis team for pre-drinking AND as a substitute for dessert.
Um…that sounds delicious!! And, if you win this book, you will find ways to make your own liqueurs that aren’t filled with fake ingredients!!!!
Hot apple cider is a must!
Definitely Spiked Hot Cider!
Although I LOVE spiked apple cider, I am an eggnog girl- only around Christmas! My favorite is the Puerto RIcan (spiked) version, called Coquito.