Can’t get enough cinnamon and other fall flavors this season? This recipe is perfect if you like the fall feel of pumpkin spice lattes but don’t want milk or half-and-half. As a laid-back counterpart to its more outgoing cousin, sparkling apple cider, this drink will make you feel like a fancy adult sipping on elegant apple juice. Holding a cup of this cozy drink while lounging with a couple friends is a relaxing way to spend your cold autumn nights. To make a more grown-up version of this spicy apple drink, add a splash of brandy or rum and you’ll be the life of the party.
What you’ll need (for 8 servings):
- 8 cups of apple cider
- 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a pinch of ground nutmeg
What you’ll do:
- Peel the oranges and slice the skin into 1-inch strips. You’ll only use the rinds in this recipe, so feel free to eat the fruit later.
- Add the apple cider to a saucepan along with the orange peels and maple syrup.
- Stir in the ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- Put the cloves in a coffee filter or wrap two paper towels around them. Tie it with a piece of yarn to prevent the cloves from falling out. You can also put the whole cloves directly into the saucepan and later strain the liquid. Then, put the clove-filter combination in the saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes so all the spices can combine with the apple cider.
- Take out the orange peels and cloves and serve immediately.
- If you find the apple cider to be too concentrated, add 1 cup of water to the pot. Add sticks of cinnamon for extra presentation points.
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