Warm spiced apple cider to chase away the chills, vampires and werewolves on a cool autumn evening!
Another year has come and gone, it seems. Where did summer go? And while autumn has *Officially* started, only now do we stare down the door to October, when the leaves will fall and pass away along with memories of sun and surf, picnics in the park and barbecue. The world turns, the season turns, the colors turn, and it is now time for change. We can’t just simply stay in the same place we once were and stagnate, no matter if it was good or bad. It’s time to let go and relax, maybe curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cider or tea. Take a sip and stare out to the beyond, to the horizon to the future and ask ourselves: “What if?”
But for now, let’s enjoy the apples while they are in mid-season and the leaves turn from green to gold, then bleed scarlet before falling blazingly to the forest floor. This is easy to make and you can also serve it chilled from the refrigerator should the weather suddenly turn warm. And it does that. Who hasn’t faced an October morning wrapped and warm only to strip away sweaters and sleeves as the day wore on?
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 2 tablespoons whole allspice
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- 5 -6 cinnamon sticks
- orange slice
- additional cinnamon stick (optional)
- Tie small spices in a small cheesecloth and drop into the cider; allow cinnamon to just go on its own.
- Heat mixture on the stove and simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving, stirring occasionally to agitate the spices.
- Float orange slices on top of the cider.
- Pour into mugs and serve, with a cinnamon stick, if desired.
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