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Warm Spiced Apple Cider

November 2, 2015

Warm spiced apple cider steeped with whole star anise, cinnamon, citrus and apples for a quick and easy cozy fall drink.

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

There is nothing better than wrapping your cold little fingers around a mug of hot spiced apple cider to put a smile on your face. Naturally sweet with a little tongue numbing anise and warming cinnamon is just what you need to thaw out from the cooler weather. If you are out there this weekend raking the leaves, my deepest sympathies...however, I can offer you a delicious mug of warm spiced apple cider to distract you from the joys of home maintenance.

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

You can make warm spiced apple cider in less than 30 minutes on top of the stove or in the slow cooker. As a perk, brewing a pot of this delicious spiced cider makes your whole house smell amazing. Warm spiced apple cider is happily gluten-free, vegan and dairy free.

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

I made a delicious huge pot of warm spiced apple cider the other day for a gathering and it was a big hit. It is very important that you just steep or simmer the warm spiced apple cider and do not boil it. If you boil the spiced cider with the citrus rinds in the pot it will take on a sour taste and you want a want spiced sweet drink instead.

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

I actually had to use apple juice instead of apple cider as you cannot apple cider anywhere here in Hong Kong. This drink was just as gorgeous as making it with apple cider.  I used a mixture of granny and gala apples and oranges in this drink. I also had on standby a bottle of Captain Morgans Rum with the warmed spiced apple cider, just in case the adults on the "fall leaf removal and clean up team" are starting to whine and complain or maybe you need a little something special over the holidays.

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

The other day a dear sweet Bam's Kitchen fan, Jim, contacted me to let me know that due to a bad storm he had an apple inventory surplus and needed some apple ideas. It looks like I am going to have to come up with few apple ideas to help him get sorted. (Thanks Jim for this beautiful fall photo)

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

This mug of toasty warm spiced apple cider is for you my friends.

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

Warm Spiced Apple Cider / http://bamskitchen.com

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Warm Spiced Apple Cider

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November 2, 2015

Warm spiced apple cider steeped with whole star anise, cinnamon, citrus and apples for a quick and easy cozy fall drink.

  • Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients

apple juice - 8 cups (I used apple juice as cider is not available in Hong Kong but apple cider is very delicious too)

apples - 3 washed, core removed and sliced with peel on (I used granny smith and gala apples as that is what I had at home)

orange peel - peel of 1 large orange (I left on a little bit of the orange as well as that made it really delicious)

cinnamon - 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground

star anise - 4 whole star anise or can use 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spiced powder

honey - optional (If you like yours a little more sweet then add 1-2 teaspoons but I found it was delicious without)

rum - optional (if the adults in your crew are starting to whine about weekend leaf removal add as needed)

Directions

1In a medium large pot, add your apple juice or apple cider, sliced apples, orange peels, cinnamon, star anise and simmer for about 15-20 minutes over low medium heat. Do not boil, just simmer until toasty warm and the spices have a chance to mingle. (If you like your warm spiced apple cider a little more sweet, add just a little touch of honey 1-2 teaspoons to taste.) You can also do this in a slow cooker and put on very low heat for shortest time.

2Serve your delicious warm spiced apple cider in a mug and enjoy! (Adults Only: If the fall leaf clean up duty is becoming a bore or if you want something a little extra special over the holidays add a shot of Captain Morgans Spiced Rum just after you pour into your mugs and enjoy!) 

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  • Wonderful flavours Bam. It feels like autumn here today with all the rain and wind.
    Have a wonderful and happy day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mandy! There is nothing like a hot mug of cider on a windy and rainy day.

  • Perfect drink to cozy up with a blanket and a good book. I think my favorite spice is Captain Morgan 😉 Hope your week is full of blessings!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Jas, you always make me smile. Thank you dear and wishing you a super week too.

  • Lovely and warm in this cold windy days, lots of leaves out there that needs to be raked 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am sorry to hear about all the leaves but thank goodness you can make your self a warm mug of spiced apple cider for your breaks away from fall cleanup.

  • I can’t believe how quickly the holidays are coming! Thanks for reminding me with this beautiful looking drink!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I know it was just yesterday that my boys were back to school and now it is mid term exam time. The days are just flying by. Wishing you a super week Dawn!

  • kitchenriffs

    We make something really similar, although we don’t include the apples or orange peel. Need to try that — love the idea! And we almost always include rum in ours! Because we’re whining about all those leaves, you know. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I see you are enjoying the trials and tribulations of home ownership! Better double the rum to get through all of those leaves. When we lived in the States, we used to back up to State land, had a million leaves and I used to rent the “The Little Wonder” it is a stand behind leaf blowing device that can blow leaves more than 200 years back into the forest and then would try to confine the leaves with a small fence around the border of our yard. Oh my goodness just thinking about all of that work I need to go make myself a double warm spiced apple cider… LOL

  • This cup of cider is so pretty with those apple slices in it!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I think the addition of the apples and citrus really adds a little kick to the drink and then when you done drinking your warm spiced apple cider you can eat the fruit. Wishing you a super day Nancy!

  • I can see while this was a big hit , it looks delicious .

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Gerlinde! I had a very international group of ladies here and they have never had anything like it. It was fun sharing some of our traditions with them.

  • Every holiday season I look forward to this drink!! Great recipe 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Just brewing this drink on the back burner makes it smell like the holidays in your home. Thank you dear.

  • Still cold here during night time and this definitely would be the perfect beverage for me now

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Raymund! Wishing you a super week.

  • The perfect way to warm yourself in these cold fall days! Pinned and shared!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I wish I could send you a warm mug your way. Thanks for sending out the smoke signals…greatly appreciated.

  • I could have done with a mug of this on Sunday as it rained all day here 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I heard the weather has been very wet and rainy in South Africa, so a little mug of warm spiced apple cider would have been perfect. Stay dry!

  • There is no apple cider here in Florida as well Bobbie but I can just imagine how good your drink is using apple juice. At least we don’t have to rake all those fall leaves on the ground. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hiya Karen, not having the leaf duty is pure heaven. I am more than willing to swap out apple juice for apple cider just so I down’t have to rake leaves… However, for all of you out there deep in piles of lawn debris a little splash of rum is just what you need to get through the weekend.

      • I agree and no more raking of leaves for me since we moved to Florida. 😀

  • This looks simply heavenly! I feel like I can smell it from here 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mary. It does make your house smell so inviting and delicious.

  • OOh Bobbi, my coworker and I were just talking about apple cider and i see your post! I love your use of star anise and cinnamon in this. Personally, I’ve never made apple cider and I am absolutely fascinated by this!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I love the star anise in this as the tongue numbing sensation is perfect with the apple cider. It warms you from the inside out and I love that. I hope you give this a try as I know you would like it. Take Care

  • I could definitely go for a cup of that cider, the adult kind please lol! Star anise is a great choice. Great tips too on preop, like not boiling.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Evelyn! It is only 0800 here in Hong Kong and I am already thinking the adult version of this warm spiced apple cider is the way to go…

  • Before I started reading your post and saw the pic, I was thinking of how much I love wrapping my hands around a warm mug when it’s cold! You clearly know what I mean. : ) This is most definitely warming, not only in temp but that star anise and cinnamon would really wake me up. It’s a nice balance for the sweetness.

  • Your apple cider looks so good and comforting, would love to have a cup right now.
    Beautiful pics too, congrats.

  • Love homemade apple cider and this one looks fantastic ! Beautiful photos, pinned!

  • Mmmmm. Home apple ciders are BEST. And this looks incredibly delicious! I love the addition of star anise! Photos are simply stunning. 😀

  • My daughter would love this and she will be home in December. Can’t wait to sip this together!

  • Never liked apple cider (but like hard cider) think I will like this made with apple juice, will make when I have company.

  • Perfect for us in the chilly climates. We’ve had some freakishly warm days for November—75+ degrees today! But I’m sure the bottom will fall out and we’ll have the furnace back on soon! So pretty full of apple slices!

  • Haha apparently we were both craving the same flavors this week.. Apples with warming spices. Apple cider has been somewhat scarce around here as well due to the California drought but if you search hard enough I can usually find it. With the spices it looks extra delicious 🙂 Pinned!

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