Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spiced Apple Cider = {cup of cheer!}

When deciding beverages to serve for a small Christmas gathering I hostessed over the weekend,
I couldn't help longing for a childhood favorite: hot apple cider. My mom always had a piping hot vat of cider on Christmas day ready to be dispensed to all the guests we welcomed in that day.


6 cups - apple cider
1 teaspoon whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks {more for garnish, if desired}
several generous shakes of nutmeg

1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan, then simmer for 10 minutes. The smell that will fill your kitchen is A-Ma-Zing.

2. Using a strainer to remove the cloves/sticks if you want, carefully pour the cider into your desired container. I used a large stainless steel serving thermos which held 12 cups, kept the cider steaming hot throughout the evening, and was easy to dispense.

3. Serve in cute mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks!

That's it -- so easy and so cozy delicious!
Or for you less-ambitious types...just go to Starbucks and get some Caramel Apple Spice...extra hot, don't hold the whip!!!
Linking to this fun food par-tay:


  1. I see you found your Cider and it's more amazing then could have been dreamed. I was shopping yesterday and came across some Cider that would cry at it's iniquity to match yours.

  2. Oh my it was so yummy!

  3. So simple and yet sooooo delish!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Would love you to link it up to my premier Food Fight Link party!
    Happy Holidays

  4. Your recipe brings back memories - I haven't made spiced apple cider in years! I'm definitely going to use your yummy recipe to remedy that very soon :)

  5. Yum. Just the smell of this simmering on the stove makes me feel festive. Thanks for linking up at my Open House!


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