Warm spiced apple cider hits the spot on a chilly fall or winter night. This recipe for festive spiced apple cider with orange is simple and delicious. You might be surprised, but orange and apple go fantastic together. The citrus brightens up the cider. Spice it up with cinnamon, star anise and cloves. The warm spices add flavor and amazing fragrance. Your home will smell inviting and delicious! Warm spiced apple cider is festive for a Christmas party and also something everyone can enjoy.
Thinking of adding liqueur for the adults? Spike it with a little French brandy or rum. Add a small amount to each mug before you add the warm apple cider and serve. The reason I like to do it this way (rather than dumping it into the pot) is so that everyone can still enjoy the cider. Kids and pregnant ladies can be festive right along with everyone else. There will also be less waste of precious and delicious liqueur.
In this recipe, I use cinnamon sticks, whole star anise and whole cloves. You can simply drop the spices right into your pot and simmer away. However, you’ll need to strain it prior to serving if you go this route. Alternatively, tie the spices up in cheesecloth and simply remove the sachet prior to serving. I’ve also set this out on the buffet in a crock-pot on the “warm” setting. Guests can help themselves.
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Useful kitchen tools for this recipe:
- 10 cups apple cider (almost 89 fl oz or 2.63 litre container)
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- 1 large naval orange sliced, skin on
Combine all ingredients into a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain prior to serving. Alternatively, tie the spices up in cheesecloth and discard prior to serving.