Hot Apple Cider Recipe
When I looked outside this morning I saw a thick blanket of snow covering the ground and vehicles. We officially have snow here; whether it’s here to stay for the winter or not, we are guaranteed colder weather, bundling up and shoveling snow. Whenever I think of staying cozy, warm and snugly, I think of having something warm to drink like one of my favorites, hot apple cider. Here’s a recipe brought to you from WolfGangPuck.com to keep you warm and cozy on a cold day. His version includes brandy but for this version, I’m keeping it kid-friendly.
Serves 6 Ingredients:
1 1/4 quart apple cider 3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 7 whole cinnamon sticks (6 sticks for garnish) 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch of ground cloves Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg Pinch of salt
1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices and salt. 2. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. 3. Remove from heat. 4. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. 5. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.
Whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon or honeyed nuts is also good.