Hot Spiced Cider ~Do you like apples? I think they are the perfect fruit. You can juice them, crush them, make cider, and decorate them with candy and caramels. You can bake them, boil them, dry them, bob for them or just plain eat them! Plays are written about them and they are one of the most famous fruits in the Bible. They are the stuff of family fun and Festivals, plays and fairy tales, and legends of Johnny Appleseed, Paul Buntan and his blue ox, Babe. There are so many varieties you can’t name them all here. Fall in Michigan is so very very special. The apples in the orchard across from me are full of heavy fruited tree limbs bowing down to kiss the Earth. Oh, did I say how good they are for you? Apples around here are what they call Pure Michigan! For more apple recipes see An Apple A day.
Hot Spiced Cider
- 8 cups apple cider or apple juice
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 6 inches stick cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 2 3 x3/4-inch strips orange peel
- Apple Mugs optional
- Thin orange wedges and/or cinnamon sticks optional
- Lemon wedges
- In a large saucepan combine cider and brown sugar. For spice bag, place cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and the orange peel in center of a double-thick, 6-inch-square of 100% cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of the cheesecloth together and tie with a clean string. Add spice bag to the saucepan with cider mixture.
- Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove spice bag and discard. If desired, garnish with orange wedges and/or cinnamon sticks.