Hot spiced cider is a great non-alcoholic offering for the holiday season

For many people, either serving or drinking alcoholic beverages is just not quite their style, holidays or not.  It may not fit with their religion, ideas of appropriate beverages for their party or get together, or because of the distances people would be traveling to attend.  For whatever reason that non-alcoholic choices are preferred, it can sometimes be very difficult to move away from the coffee/tea/sweet tea lineup into anything other than soda pop.

While hot cocoa is often nearly synonymous with the winter season, another beverage also strikes people with the homey, old fashioned flavor Hot spiced apple cider! Making it yourself instead of resorting to a powdered mix is even more delicious, and sure to score plenty of “hostess points” with  your friends and family.  It isn’t hard to make, and packs plenty of flavor punch.  It can also be kept hot and ready in a slow cooker, like many other liquids, making serving at a buffet or open house easy for everyone.  Just put a dipper on a plate beside the slow cooker, along with cups or mugs, and let everyone dip their own!

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 tsp. whole allspice
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 4-5 whole cloves
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. orange juice

Simmer cider and spices about 20 minutes.  Strain and remove spices, and stir in lemon & orange juices.  Serve hot.

About giascott

Writer, blogger, cook, grandmother, mother, wife, radio personality, outdoor enthusiast, dog enthusiast, crafter, artist, and part-time nut~~I've earned a lot of t-shirts in my day! I'm one of those crazy independent women who can cut down a tree, build you a shed, sew you a dress, cook your dinner, make some soap, pitch a tent, build a fire, catch some fish, dig in the garden, chase a kid or two, write you a poem, paint you a picture, and a dozen other things...just don't ask me to sing! I'm also embarking on a relatively new portion of my life, one of being disabled. I'm learning some lessons along the way about a lot of things too.
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