Get ready to welcome in the crisp autumn weather with spiced apple cider!
Today I had a fall themed makerie day... I spent the morning crafting a harvest wreath for the front door and then I stirred up a batch of spiced cider! The afternoon was spent on the porch with a nice cup of this delicious apple drink!
What makes this different than regular cider is that it has a secret ingredient that makes it a bit spicy...and tasty!
2 quarts of apple cider or apple juice
1 tsp of ground cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 sliced apples (red or green)
1/2 cup of Hot Tamale candies (THIS is the secret ingredient!)
Pour the apple cider/juice in a large stock pot. Add in the rest of the ingredients.
I like to leave my apple slices in rounds. I think it looks pretty this way and then I save a few to use as garnish!
Simmer and stir for 15 minutes. You can pour the liquid through a strainer after it's cooked but I didn't it. The pieces settle at the bottom so I just use a ladel to pour it into cups.
Serve warm or chilled over ice. I like apple cider both ways but today I had it chilled! How do you like your apple cider?
You can also add an extra cinnamon stick to garnish!
Let me know if you liked this recipe! What kinds of seasonal recipes do YOU make? Do you have family traditional recipes or do you like to make new things?
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