After hearing the weather forecast for today (snow in October!) I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make some yummy spiced hot apple cider. It's so easy, tastes amazing, and makes your whole house smell sooo good.
My husband and I have a bit of a laugh whenever I make this tasty drink. We first met while working at a restaurant in upstate NY (real upstate, 1 hour north of Albany) that served "hot apple grog" and we were well versed in it's ingredients and how to entice the customer to order it. "Wouldn't you love some spiced apple grog that we've had simmering over cinnamon sticks and orange slices all day, perfect on a chilly a day like today!" Ha, good times.
The recipe I use:
- 1 gallon of apple cider
- cinnamon sticks
- whole cloves
- 1 orange
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 lime
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (only if you want it really sweet, I omit this when I make it)
Put the cider and spices in a large pot on the stove top and turn the heat on medium to bring it to a boil. Cut the orange in half, squeeze into cider, and slash the rind of one half and drop it into the cider. If you don't have an orange, you could substitute some OJ. When it just starts to boil, lower the heat and continue to simmer. Squeeze in the half lemon and lime. I leave it on for a couple of hours- taste it every so often to see how you like it.
If you're feeling extra chilly, add a shot of rum or whiskey to your cup! Enjoy!