Nothing beats a mug full of steaming hot apple cider on a cold Winter’s day, as a healthier alternative to hot chocolate or coffee. I think I’m a bit late for that, as yesterday as the first day of Spring! Also, this is Kitchen Essence’s first drinkable recipe!
I loved cooking this, the aroma filled up the whole house.
An iced version could easily be prepared — cool liquid in fridge, pour into glasses and top with ice.
Hot apple cider is also called mulled cider, according to Wikipedia.
I didn’t have time, but you could always squeeze your own apple juice. You could also reheat the mixture in a saucepan, but it wont be as bubbly.
I need some synonyms for yummy and delicious, I use them too often to describe foods on our blog. I definitely want to make it again!
Next time, I think I would add some freshly grated nutmeg or star anise, but this still tasted nice.
Variation: try replacing the apple juice with cranberry juice to make a hot cranberry cider.
Yields: 6 Servings
Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 16 min
6 cups apple juice
1 orange, peeled with a knife into long pieces (only rind)
3 cinnamon sticks
9 whole cloves
1 cup plus a splash of unflavoured mineral water
- Combine apple juice, orange strips, cinnamon, cloves and 1 cup mineral water in a medium saucepan, bringing to the boil at medium-high heat.
- Reduce heat once bubbles start appearing to medium low, and cover, simmering for 15 min.
- The mixture should smell aromatic and fragrant. Strain through a sieve to discard the solids.
- Add the ‘splash’ of mineral water (amount to your liking) and pour into mugs, ready to serve.
Adapted from "School Day Lunches".
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