Hot spiced apple cider is perfect for this cold weather! The fresh taste of apples, the orange slices and spices taste amazing in this classic cold-weather drink.
Apples are available all year around but it is this time of the year, in the fall, that they are at their freshest, crispest and the most delicious. This is when I find huge displays of gallon-size jugs of apple cider in the markets and someone pouring out small samples of hot spiced apple cider to shoppers. When I’m offered a sample, you bet I’m taking it! I even bought a jug of it.
Don fired up the wood stove for the first time this season and I made a quick batch of hot spiced apple cider. It was cold and windy outside today and this cider was so refreshing while relaxing by that blazing fire and watching a good Netfix movie.
The cider is made from freshly squeezed apples, nothing but apples and it is naturally sweet enough that I didn’t need to add additional sugar. The fresh taste of apples, the orange slices and spices taste amazing in this classic cold-weather drink.
Don added a bit of rum to his mug of hot apple cider 🙂
- 1 quart of fresh apple cider
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 3-5 star anise
- 6 whole cloves
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- In a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat, add the apple cider, orange slices, star anise, whole cloves and one of the cinnamon sticks that has been broken into 2-inch pieces. Heat just until it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest point and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and with a slotted spoon remove and discard the spices. Pour the cider into mugs and add a long cinnamon stick to each mug and serve piping hot.