Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Hot Apple Cider Recipe
Hot Apple Cider
Place 18-20 whole cloves and 4 cinnamon sticks in a cheesecloth. (On occasions that I haven't had a cheesecloth, I have just placed the cloves and cinnamon sticks in the cider without putting them in the cheesecloth. When it is time to take them out of the liquid, I use a slotted spoon. It is a bit more trouble, but it works when I am in a pinch).
In a large stock pot, add 1 gallon apple cider, 1cup mild honey (This makes the cider very sweet. If you don't like things very sweet, you may want to cut back on the honey), and 1/2 cup orange juice. Add the whole cloves and cinnamon sticks.
Heat slowly until hot. Simmer 30 minutes. Let stand 2 to 3 hours before serving. After an hour, remove spices so the cider doesn't get bitter.
I sometimes make this cider in my crock pot if I am hosting a large gathering. Refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat to enjoy. Take a mug of Hot Apple Cider to the front porch with a good book and enjoy the beauty of fall!
grace and peace,