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Hot Apple Cider Three Ways

Hot Apple Cider Three Ways

Nothing says “helloooo, winter” quite like hot apple cider. It’s great for holiday parties because it makes the house smell so spicy and apple-icious, and it’s a breeze to make. Here are three recipes for hot apple cider: A zesty wassail, a festive raspberry cider, and one gone wild with tequila and cranberry.

Zesty Wassail
One often finds pineapple juice in recipes for wassail and while we’re sure it’s tasty, pineapple seems so unwintery for a drink that has been used in winter celebrations since at least the 1400s! And although wassail has evolved from its early beginnings (when it contained warm beer and egg yolks) it still retains its festive winter cheer.

2 quarts organic apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 oranges, sliced
2 lemons, sliced

Mix all ingredients and bring just to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes, or leave on the lowest heat (or in a slow cooker) to keep warm. Serve with orange or lemon slices, or a cinnamon stick.

Hot Raspberry-Apple Cider
This one really couldn’t be easier, and with its sweet tang and reddish hue it’s guaranteed to bring glad tidings. For the organic raspberry juice concentrate, we like Cascadian Farm brand, which is available at many supermarkets.

2 quarts organic apple cider
1 cup frozen organic raspberry juice concentrate
2 tablespoons honey (if the apple juice is on the tart side)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup rum (optional)

Mix all ingredients and bring just to a boil, simmer for ten minutes, or leave on the lowest heat (or in a slow cooker) to keep warm.

Wild Cider
Inspired by a recipe from Gourmet magazine, 1996

2 quarts organic apple cider
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup tequila (or more for extra wild cider)
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur

In a saucepan heat cider and cranberry juice cocktail just until hot (do not let boil) and remove from heat, or leave on lowest heat (or in a slow cooker). Stir in tequila and liqueur. Garnish with lime slices.

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By Melissa Breyer, Producer, Care2 Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:34AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thank you

5:53PM PST on Dec 6, 2011


9:37AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Thanks for sharing. will try.

11:01PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Yummy! Thank you.

2:12PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Sounds good!

6:49AM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

good to know

5:10PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing the good health recipes. I will try them out.

3:13PM PST on Dec 27, 2010

Thought it interesting that cider in GB is alcoholic. Never could figure out the difference between cider and apple juice anyway.

3:33AM PST on Nov 23, 2010

wow, sounds delicious!

3:19AM PST on Nov 23, 2010

I was just talking with my sister tonight about hot apple cider,which I live! Will definitely try all these recipes; sounds yummy on a cold winters day or night, thanks for sharing with us!

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