In keeping with the celebration of Fall being en route and breaking the extreme heat and humidity, the recipe for today’s drink includes the clear, crisp taste of apple and spices.
As the weather turns, Spiced Apple Cider comforts and reminds us of all the happy and hearty things to come -Thanksgiving, Christmas, breaks from school.
When you are feeling blue this Fall, try this very accessible and easy recipe to warm your insides.
Spiced Apple Cider
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Yields 1 gallon of cider
For the apple cider:
36 fresh, washed, cored and quartered apples
Put the apples (peel and all) in a processor or blender until very finely ground. The finer the apples are ground, the more juice you will be able to extract.
Strain the juice from the pulp. You might have to squeeze it a bit to get all the juice out.
For the Spiced Apple Cider:
1 gallon of fresh apple cider (above)
10 cinnamon sticks
5 anise pods
3 tsps of whole cloves
Orange slices for garnish
1 cup of extra dark rum (optional)
Pour the cider into a large pot and simmer with the spices for 10-15 minutes. Garnish the drink with an orange slice or two to up the fancy level. Serve hot.