Thursday, November 18, 2010

Warm Apple Cider


I love to have this cider during a cold day, and it usually starts around Thanksgiving. My sister in-law introduced me to this and that is when I fell in love with it.

She uses the Ina Garten’s recipe for her cider which I really like but it is a little on the sweet side

So I looked around on the web and found a great little recipe by The Way the Cookie Crumbles that I tried and really enjoyed.

I thought I would share both recipes depending if you like the less sweet and spicier version vs. Ina’s which is less spicy and a little sweeter.

Warm Apple Cider

Yield: 4-6 serving | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes

8 cups (½ gallon) pure apple juice or fresh apple cider
2 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
2 star anise
6 allspice berries
2 strips orange zest, removed with vegetable peeler, each strip about 2 inches long by ½-inch wide, cleaned of any white pith

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes. Pour into mugs, straining if desired, and serve.

Warm Apple Cider from Ina Garten

Yield: 12 servings | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes

16 cups pure apple juice or fresh apple cider
2 Orange Zests and Juice
8 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
6 star anise

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes. Pour into mugs, straining if desired, and serve.

Other Thanksgiving Recipes:

Cranberry and White Chocolate Streusel Bars
Turkey Stuffing
Butternut Sqaush Apple Soup

Butternut Squash Purée with Orange, Ginger, and Honey

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2 Responses to “Warm Apple Cider”

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    CarliAlice — November 19, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    Maybe I’m odd but I love apples…but not if they are cooked in anything. No pie, no cider, nothing. Give me a crunchy whole apple any day!

    However, the picture does make me want to take a little sip.

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    Stitchfork — November 19, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    We still buy cider pressed at a local farm – one I worked on growing up. Ice cold or warmed, it’s a favorite this time of year! Cathy

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