Recipe: hot spiced apple cider

Autumn is undoubtedly my favourite time of year. I’m always pleased when it rolls around again, as it’s a pleasure to watch the trees turning rich, vibrant colours and the evenings start to draw in. I’m a really big fan of big cosy knitted jumpers, accompanied with a steamy mug of something to warm your cockles whilst curled up on the sofa enjoying the long evenings. All great stuff.

When we were in the Seattle last year, visiting our buds abroad, Mikey and Abi, I drank a silly amount of American spiced apple cider – I couldn’t get enough of it’s crisp, warm and spicy flavour, but unfortunately it’s not something that you can get here in the UK in the same abundance. Unless you’re willing to make your own…which you should do, because it’s really, really easy and super tasty!

To make our hot spiced apple cider you’ll need:

  • A thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • A teaspoon of whole cloves
  • A couple of cinnamon sticks
  • 1.25 litres apple juice, preferably not from concentrate

Chop the ginger into smallish pieces, and add all of the ingredients into a saucepan with a lid. Heat until boiling and then remove from the stove and strain through a sieve to collect all the spices. Pour into mugs and chug while it’s still warm!

Note: although called “cider”, this recipe is actually non-alcoholic, but this can easily be rectified with a healthy splash of whisky or even dark rum – yum!

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