I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, good times and great food.
Without fail, I find I am so sad when the summer comes to an end because I think it is my favorite time of year. But, as the leaves begin to change, the weather starts to cool and I hear those familiar holiday tunes, I realize just how much I love the winter holiday season. I love the food, the time with family and the general hustle and bustle of life as it gets closer and closer to Christmas. I mean…who doesn’t get the urge to tap their feet to Jingle Bells, right?
One way I love to celebrate the holiday season is to break out my hot apple cider recipe and share it with my family. I just love the smell of the cinnamon, oranges, cloves and apples simmering away on the stove. It’s truly better than any candle you could buy.
I also enjoy the excited look on Dustin’s face as I hand him a steaming mug of hot apple cider. Though, I always have to tell him it’s too hot to drink right away, ‘cuz we both know he’s gonna go for it if I don’t tell him.
This hot apple cider is really easy to make and tastes so yummy. It will warm your soul. Well, maybe that’s going a little far, but it will definitely hit the spot.
Looking for an adult hot apple cider? Though I haven’t yet tried it with this recipe, feel free to add some dark rum to the cider recipe. I’d start with about one cup and then go from there for taste. Not only does Dustin not drink alcohol, but me and rum are taking a hiatus for a bit while I have a lil’ bun in the oven.
Speaking of the lil’ bun, we found out last week we are going to have another baby girl…isn’t that so exciting? If she’s anything like Jordan, life will only get better.
Anyways, I hope you try out this hot apple cider recipe. It’s quick, easy, delicious and will make your house smell like Christmas. Winner!
Hot Apple Cider Recipe
2 quarts 100% apple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 apple, unpeeled and cut in half
1 small naval orange, unpeeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
2 tsp. whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
Carefully insert the whole cloves into the apple on both the flesh and skin sides (see picture above).
Heat apple juice over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven. Once heated, add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Promptly remove the apple halves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and any clove remnants from the pot. Serve hot.