The festive season is here!
I would like to make a random announcement:
Today was my last day of undergraduate academic class, and hopefully my last class ever! Hooray! I bought myself a soy gingerbread hot chocolate to celebrate 🙂
It has been too long since I last spoke to you! School and life got a little busy, but out of that came a great holiday recipe. I have always loved hot apple cider, especially when the festive season inches closer. However, my fructose intolerance has prevented me from eating, or drinking, anything involving apples. So, I have discovered the magic of oranges. This recipe was inspired by a drink my roommate made one night. It has all the flavors of hot, spiced apple cider without the apple. Even if you are able to eat apples, this recipe is so unique and flavorful it is worth a try! Let’s jump right into this recipe 🙂
Ingredients: (this make a little over two cups)
- 1 cup of orange juice (fresh or store bought—I bought SimplyOrange)
- 2 cups of water
- one fresh orange (sliced, circle shaped pieces)
- 1-3 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cloves
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- maple syrup to taste (optional)
Steps: (super easy and low maintenance)
- In a stovetop pot, add water and orange juice. Bring to a boil.
- Add in a couple fresh orange slices, the cinnamon sticks, cloves, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and maple syrup (if you want a little sweetness). Let boil for 15-20 minutes.
- Use the cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and cloves to garnish your cider mugs. Serve and enjoy!
The amazing part of this recipe is that it is so customizable. You can add any spices, fruit, or juices to the mixture. I made a huge batch of this and kept it in my fridge—enjoying a little mug every night! Also, it is a healthier option to buying sugar-filled ciders from the store.
simmer up some of this cider…snuggle into the couch
So, if you are in the festive mood, simmer up some of this cider. Maybe, snuggle into the couch and peek into the Winter Magnolia Journal, or enjoy a holiday movie marathon (Yes, I am talking about the Hallmark Channel!!).
I hope you all enjoyed this simple, festive cider recipe! If you make it at home, leave a comment! I would love to hear how you changed up the recipe 🙂
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Hope you have an amazing rest of your week, and I will talk to you all next week!
All the Best,