Easy Apple Cider

I needed a nice hot Christmas-y drink to warm up this blustery winter day outside.  This recipe fit the bill.  Most apple cider recipes call for “cider” to start out with…but I haven’t been able to find cider in my town.  This one uses apple juice instead and it’s really tasty!  It looks really nice too – great for a dinner party or Christmas gathering!

Based on the recipe from www.asweetpeachef.com/drinks/hot-apple-cider-recipe

Ingredients:

2 liters 100% apple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 apple, unpeeled and cut in half
1 small orange, unpeeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
2 tsp. whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, broken
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice

Directions:

1. Carefully insert the whole cloves into the apple on both the flesh and skin sides (see picture).

2. Heat apple juice over medium heat in a large pot.  Once heated, add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Promptly remove the apple halves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and any clove remnants from the pot (the fruit is tasty to eat too!).   Serve hot.

Enjoy!

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