Are you looking for a warm beverage to serve guests or yourself on one of these cold afternoon/evenings of Winter? (What’s that? It’s 60 degrees in LA, Alexi? Ssssh.) Would you like the freedom to add the fruit/spices/alcohol of your choice to said beverage? Would you like your home to smell like an apple cinnamon paradise after about ten minutes into the process? Well have I got the “recipe” for you!
I added the quotes to recipe because this is hardly a recipe. It’s more of a pour and monitor situation. Choose the spices of your liking. I went with cinnamon sticks, anise stars (I can’t help but think of them as ninja stars when I’m throwing them in…), and cloves. Most recipes call for orange or lemon peel. I decided to include whole slices, to add some orange juice to the mix.
If you don’t have the means to make your own apple juice, a good unfiltered apple juice will do. The cloudier the better!
Once you have gathered all of your ingredients, pour/throw them into a large stock pot and simmer for about 30 minutes. At that point, you can either strain out the cinnamon sticks, etc., or include them when you ladle the cider into mugs. Personally, I sort of like leaving the goods in there.
What you need to make this happen:
- 2 quarts of unfiltered apple juice
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- ~a tablespoon of cloves
- 5 anise stars
- 1 large orange
- Rum/Whiskey/Fireball Whiskey (!!)/Bourbon
- Pour apple juice into a large stock pot. Add orange slices and spices. Let simmer for about a half hour, monitoring and stirring every so often.
- Remove from heat and add spirit of your choice. (If you’re planning to remove the spices and fruit before serving, do that before adding the alcohol.)
- Ladle into mugs, drink and be merry!