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It seems as if the Indian Summer has ended and the weather is finally behaving appropriately. I am welcoming the chill with open arms, even if the yo-yoing between hot and cold has given me what appears to be the beginning stages of a head cold (the reason for this super short post).
I woke up yesterday with a scratchy throat, popping ears, and pressure in my head.
Nothing makes me feel better than a warm drink when I’m under the weather. The heat from the liquid soothes sinus pressure and pain like no prescription can.
I had a bag of gala apples sitting on my counter and I decided to make an autumn staple, warm apple cider.
I like to make my own apple cider because the store bought stuff is just loaded with sugar and preservatives.
Now, I like my sweets (way more than I should) but I just can’t understand why anyone would need to add sugar to apple cider. Apples are loaded with natural sugars and adding more just seems pointless. At that point you really lose any health benefit and your cider essentially becomes an apple flavored pixi stick*.
*Just for the record, that sounds delicious.
If you have a juicer, this recipe is extremely simple. If you don’t…well…I’m sorry.
Enjoy this cinnamon spiced cider in your slippers. Stay under the covers and sip from a mason jar (everything tastes better out of a mason jar).
Warm Apple Cider
Yield: 3-4 cups
- 8-10 apples of choice (any type will work, I used what I had on hand, but mixing up the apple varieties always yields great results)
- 1 orange (peeled, reserving the peel)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- pinch of nutmeg
- optional: cheesecloth
- Juice apples and orange and transfer juice to a pan.
- Add cinnamon sticks, orange peel, and nutmeg and bring juice to a boil.
- When juice comes to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for about an hour, letting the flavors blend together.
- When juice has simmered for an hour, you may see a film or foam leftover in the cider. Personally, this doesn’t bother me but you may use a cheesecloth to strain this out.
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