Greeting cards have all been sent, the Christmas rush is through… In reality, at my house not all the cards were sent and not all the stockings were hung this year. It’s Christmas morning, so sit back with friends, loved ones or a quiet moment by yourself and sip on this beautiful Spiced Hot Cider.
Spice Hot Cider is a refreshing blend of spices simmered in apple juice and brightened with citrus and fresh ginger. Oh, and a splash of Cointreau – after all it is the holidays! The aroma will fill your home and the warmth and flavor will satisfy your soul!
This cider comes together quickly and will make enough for 4-5 servings or 3 -4 if you’re using large mugs. Still have a crowd at your home? Double the batch and simmer the cider in your slow cooker.
Christmas comes despite the last gift you didn’t have time to buy or the cookies left unbaked…and things that are truly important are always there whether in life or in our memories. Savor those…
Spiced Hot Cider
1 quart apple juice
3 cinnamon sticks, plus extra for serving if desired
20 whole cloves
10 whole allspice berries
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
Zest of one orange zest, about 1 teaspoon
4 tablespoons Cointreau or to taste
Pour the apple juice into a large pan along with the cinnamon sticks, the cloves, allspice, nutmeg and fresh ginger. Cook over medium heat and boil gently for about 15-20 minutes.
Add the orange juice, the orange zest, the lemon juice and the Cointreau. Stir to blend well.