Guys, it's fall! And if you removed chai tea lattes, pumpkin spice lattes (PSL), and hot tea out of my life, I would be left with the deliciousness that is spiced apple cider. In the chillier months, I love to spend my nights snuggled up on the sofa with my heated blanket, computer, a mug of hot apple cider and preferably two kitties and a boyfriend.
This is another super easy recipe and can even be made in a crock pot or in larger batches for a seasonal party.
Spiced Apple Cider
Yields 2 mugs
2c apple cider
2-3 slices of orange
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground nutmeg
1/4tsp ground cloves
Throw all ingredients into a pot and simmer for 3-5 minutes until hot. Stir occasionally. Once the cider is hot, remove the orange slices and you can either strain out some of the spices with a fine mesh strainer, spoon some of it off the top, or stir and drink as is.
If I was having guests and serving this for a party, I would probably pour it through a strainer. But for just me, I'm fine with just spooning some of it off or leaving it alone. I'm easy.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and some orange slices.
If you wanted to dress this drink up for a party, add 2-3 ounces of dark rum or another warm liquor like brandy or whiskey. You could add how ever much you want actually, depending on how crazy you want your party to get. :)
Now that we are in the full swing of fall, stay tuned for apple and pumpkin treats for the next month or two!
Also, chalkboard speech bubble mugs make ever drink better! That's a promise.