Dec 10

Simple Spiced Apple Cider

in Drinks, Fuji Favorites, Recipes by Type, Share Our Strength

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  • A whole host of other lifelong consequences

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This time of year seems to be a time for non-stop goodies.  Not that I'm complaining, because I'm not!  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love my sweets, especially if chocolate is involved in any way, shape, or form.  However, if all you've got is goodies to munch on and nothing to wash it down with, you're not going to be enjoying those goodies as much. 

time for a cup of cider

Last month when we went to Utah for my grandmother's funeral, I went with my mother-in-law and one of my sisters-in-law to see a movie at Thanksgiving Point, a really fun place just south of Salt Lake City that has restaurants, shops, a theater, a garden, a dinosaur museum, and more.  After our movie we stopped in at one of the gift shops to look around and they were giving out free hot apple cider and cookies.  The cider was so good that we asked if they were selling a mix or a recipe so that we could go home and recreate it.  They explained that the kitchen from Harvest, the restaurant next door, made it and brought it over.  So we went over to Harvest and asked the maître d' if the restaurant  would be willing to share the recipe.  He called the kitchen and they were kind enough to give verbal instructions on how they make it.  We went home and made some the next day, and I've already made a batch since returning home. 

It is so simple to make!  All you do is mix some apple cider and freshly squeezed orange juice in a large pot and throw in the peel of one of your juiced oranges,

adding the orange juice and rind

then add some cinnamon sticks and apple wedges, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer everything together for a while.

brewing the cider

That's it!  The recipe calls for apple cider.  Apple cider is basically unprocessed apple juice.  The apples are cored, chopped, mashed, and pressed into a liquid and the result is an unfiltered form of apple juice.  Apple juice is the result of apple cider being filtered and is milder than apple cider.  If you can't find apple cider, you can use apple juice, but you might want to add some extra apple slices and an extra cinnamon stick to add a bit more flavor. 

This spiced cider is delicious, and just gets better the longer it has been sitting around.  You can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator and it will actually taste even better reheated because the flavors will have developed even further.  I've got a jug of it currently sitting in my refrigerator, and I plan on going and reheating myself a cup as a reward for finishing this post.  This cider is perfect for a party, keeping on hand to serve to unexpected visitors, or by itself as a treat on a cold winter's day.

Simple Spiced Apple Cider

Simple Spiced Apple Cider

Adapted from recipe of Harvest Restaurant

Makes 11 cups (approximately 16 servings)

8 cups apple cider
3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (reserve the peel of one orange when juicing the oranges)
3 cinnamon sticks
1 apple sliced into thin wedges (peel on)

1. Pour the apple cider and the orange juice into a large pot and mix them together.  Add the reserved orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and apple wedges.

2. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.  When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for a minimum of 30 minutes.  Serve hot or store in a container in the refrigerator and reheat.




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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

kamran siddiqi December 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Rachael, congrats on the Oprah Feature! I told you that you were totally awesome. I wish I could have participated in it when I had the chance, but I was MIA for so long, that I barely knew anything that was going on. 
Anyhow, that apple cider looks to die for! 


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Yum! Your spiced cider sounds amazing! That's my favorite thing in the world right now… I just can't get enough of it!


diva December 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

oh this looks like a great winter warmer and probably the best thing to chase away colds. my mum used to double boil some sort of apple and Chinese almond soup thing when I was ill. Tasted like a bit of heaven and worked wonders. This reminds me like it but it's a lot prettier ;) x


Barabara Bakes December 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm

This cider sounds great! I've never had it with orange juice! It makes me want to head to Thanksgiving Point to try it out!


Memoria December 11, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I made apple cider a few weeks ago and was surprised at how easy it was to do. In fact, I'm going to make more cider this weekend. I add in nutmeg and cloves. I love how an hour of boiling, the smell of cider spreads throughout the house. Ummm. I love the close-up photos!


deeba December 12, 2009 at 4:48 am

Love the recipe…warming & so festive Rachel. Beautiful pictures too!


Christine at Origami Mommy December 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Oh my goodness – this looks so good. I long for hot apple cider! I have never been able to find it in Japan, but when we go home this winter I am definitely making this recipe. Thank you for it!


The Purple Foodie December 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I love spiced apple cider when I was in nyc. Unfortunately, it doesn't  get quite as cold here to justify the need for this warmth.


Megan Gordon December 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm

How AWESOME is it that you're featured on Oprah? I love it! I recently made cider on my blog as well…perfect for this time of the year. Yours looks lovely!


Megan Gordon December 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Hmm…this could be a duplicate comment. If so–I'm sorry! But just wanted to congratulate you on the Oprah feature and this lovely cider.   I'll have to try your recipe – perfect for this time of year!


Lauren Owens February 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm

This looks great but I will stick with mine the key ingredient being Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum!


Holly September 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Woo hoo! I know what I’m doing tomorrow :) Thanks again for a fantastic day!


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Terrence Pina June 22, 2020 at 8:51 am

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