Published on December 14th, 2013 | by Andrea Bertoli0
Healthy Holiday Sipping: Spiced Apple Cider
This sweet and spicy cider is a lovely treat to enjoy during the holiday season. Just like my Homemade Yogi Tea and Homemade Red Chai, this Spiced Apple & Pear Cider recipe is a great alternative to alcohol based drinks at parties (but if you are looking for some booze, nothing says holidays more than Mulled Wine).
This spiced apple cider recipe includes all the wonderful spices of the season and makes your house smell amazingly warm and inviting. Made with a mixture of apple juice and pear juice and an array of whole spices like cinnamon sticks, star anise (cute and flavorful) and cardamom, one of my favorite spices. I also toss in a sliced Granny Smith apple and the peel of one orange to liven it up. Bonus: the boiled apple absorbs the spice and orange flavors and is a wonderful treat itself.
Spiced Apple & Pear Cider
64 ounces organic apple juice
32 ounces organic pear juice
32 ounces filtered water
5 cinnamon sticks
5 whole star anise (or 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds)
10 cardamom pods, crushed
Peel from 1 orange
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced thinly
- In a large stockpot, bring all ingredients to a boil, then lower heat.
- Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for an hour. Serve warm in a punchbowl. Makes a lot of servings.