Advent Calendar – Day 3: Spiced Apple Cider

Yields: 4 Servings Difficulty: Easy

Cosy winter nights call for hot drinks to warm up after a walk outside, or just to curl up with in front of the TV. My childhood go-to was spiced apple cider. It just feels like a hug in a mug, it’s easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser.

My friends’ mums would make thermos flasks full of spiced apple cider for us to take with us to the outdoor ice-skating rink. The kid’s version was obviously non-alcoholic, though our aunties usually had a spiked version for themselves as well.

One Christmas, a friend added a scoop of ice cream to her apple cider and that was a game-changer for me: It tastes just like warm apple pie!


0/8 Ingredients
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  • Optional


0/4 Instructions
    Non-alcoholic Spiced Apple Cider
  • Place the apple juice, spices, and sugar in a saucepan. Whether you use clear or cloudy apple juice is up to personal preference.
  • Heat the apple juice over medium heat, until it begins to simmer, then reduce the heat and continue to simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer you simmer it, the stronger the flavour will be. Once it is spicy enough for your taste, remove the spices.
  • Spiked Spiced Apple Cider
  • For the alcoholic version, add a shot of rum, brandy or bourbon to your hot cider and let it simmer for another 10 minutes
  • Serving suggestions
  • Serve hot. Add a cinnamon stick to the cup for that continued aroma. You can also scoop some vanilla ice cream into your apple cider for that warm apple pie taste. Top with some whipped cream.

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