Spiced Apple Cider
Halloween is this Friday! It’s no secret that it is by far, my favorite holiday ever! Now if only it wasn’t going to be 90 degrees…This Cleveland girl is seriously missing the cool, fall weather that a lot of you are getting and all of the gorgeous leaves changing colors. Ugh. Since I can’t have my beautiful and perfect fall weather, I just have to pretend it’s cooler out by lighting a zillion fall candles, having lots of decorations, watching Hocus Pocus 10 million times, and sipping on hot cocoa or spiced apple cider!
This spiced cider is perfect for warming up after a night of trick-or-treating or even for the upcoming holiday season. This version doesn’t have any booze so it’s great for kids too, but you can easily add some to make it more adult-friendly for parties which you guys know my non-pregnant self is all about! Oh and not to mention, this cider makes your whole house smell just heavenly while it simmers away on the stove.
If you can, I recommend using a good quality unfiltered apple cider, it’s a little darker, but the flavor is usually better, more uhhh…apple-y? Can apple-y be a word? It is now. Anyway, it is also cloudier than regular cider so just note that if you use a filtered cider for this recipe, it may not look exactly like mine does.
Spiced Apple Cider
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 5 whole cloves
- 5 whole all-spice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- peel from 1/2 of a large orange, sliced
- rum or brandy (optional)
- Stir together the cider, cloves, all-spice, cinnamon (or sticks), nutmeg, and the orange peel in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a light simmer and let cook for about 20-30 minutes. Pour the mixture through a sieve to discard solids into a another pot (or whatever you plan to serve the cider in). Stir in the rum or brandy if using. Garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serve.