12 October 2009

Fall Festival Recipe Exchange: Spiced Cider

Amy of My Friend Amy is hosting the Fall Festival Recipe Exchange. I love to collect recipes and fall is a great time to be in the kitchen.

I love to sip a hot drink on a cool evening, and hot cocktails are a seasonal treat. Don't drink? No worries, leave out the rum, and you and the kids can enjoy it too.

I like to make a batch of this, put it in the refrigerator, and microwave when the mood hits.

Spiced Cider

  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 (1½-inch thick) orange slice
  • 1 (1½-inch thick) lemon slice
  • ½ cup rum or brandy
  • 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks (garnish)
Place the cider, spices, and fruit slices in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Remove the spices and fruit, stir in the rum, and serve. Garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings
Source: Cooking Light, October 2007


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 10/12/09, 8:41 AM  

The one time I drank cider was when I was in elementary school choir. We had a rather eccentric choir director (some talk that she was a witch!) who made cider for us at a Christmas party. It was powerfully strong and I remember it making me feel woozy. Wonder if she left out the brandy?!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 10/12/09, 9:08 AM  

This is a perfect companion to all of the bread recipes that I am seeing. Boy do we love our carbs! I love apple cider. One time I asked if they had it at Starbucks and they said they did so I ordered a cup and caught them heating up some store brand apple juice. Not the same!

April 10/12/09, 9:20 AM  

This sounds so yummy!!!!

Stephanie 10/12/09, 9:32 AM  

Man, I'm getting so hungry reading all these recipes!! I love a good cider, but I've never actually made any of my own. This is definitely one I will have to try!

Heather 10/12/09, 9:44 AM  

Spiced cider is one of my absolute favorite things to drink in the fall and winter. I usually do it the lazy way; with apple juice and cinnamon candy, but I know I'm missing out. Especially since mine has no rum in it. I'm definitely going to try this!

LisaMM 10/12/09, 10:17 AM  

I make something similar on Thanksgiving Day, without the rum. Makes the whole house smell so good. I never thought of saving it and microwaving it later. Great idea.

Darlene 10/12/09, 11:00 AM  

This sounds wonderful - I love cider!

Amy 10/12/09, 11:19 AM  

Thanks! I just bought a bottle of cider yesterday. I think this recipe will be making it's debut in our house today. :-)

Sandy Nawrot 10/12/09, 11:35 AM  

I LOVE spiced cider. If the temp would drop about 20 degrees, I'd be up for some!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 10/12/09, 12:26 PM  

ooh, this sounds good - Is spiced cider the same as mulled cider?

Jen - devourer of books 10/12/09, 1:28 PM  

Mmmm, spiced cider! Love it! That's what I should have been drinking with my sore throat this weekend. I also like to take those little packets of powdered spiced cider and mix half of one with chai tea. Yum.

bermudaonion 10/12/09, 4:07 PM  

The crowd in my neighborhood would love this! Maybe I'll make it for the chili cook-off next month.

Jenny 10/12/09, 5:04 PM  

I can't wait for the temperature to drop so I can make some spiced cider. This recipe sounds really good. I will have to try it.

Chrisbookarama 10/12/09, 5:19 PM  

I've been dying to have apple cider lately. I'll make sure I make your recipe.

Lenore Appelhans 10/12/09, 6:04 PM  

Now I am wondering if you can get apple cider here. Hmmm....

nat @ book, line, and sinker 10/12/09, 6:27 PM  

sounds yummy! halloween is our favorite holiday here and we have a huge party every october. i'll have to pull out a recipe or two and share them with you guys. the cider (or 'spider' as we call it) sounds delish! yay for autumn!!

Molly 10/12/09, 6:57 PM  

Mmmmm....this drink sounds perfect next to a cozy fire and good book! Perhaps I should lay in the ingredients for the 24 hour read-a-thon :)

Veens 10/12/09, 8:22 PM  

I need ti figure out where to get apple cider... rest all of the things i have!

Marie Cloutier 10/12/09, 8:48 PM  

That looks like a FABULOUS cider. :-) and nothing goes with everything like cider.

Margot 10/12/09, 9:25 PM  

I've made lots of spiced cider in my time but never added rum or brandy. That sounds like an excellent idea. Thanks for the recipe.

Alice 10/12/09, 10:29 PM  

Hi Beth, I don't think I've taken apple cider in my life. Not sure if I wanted to... But looking at your recipe here, I might ask my mom to do it. I'm hopeless when it comes to things like this. :)

Amy 10/12/09, 11:56 PM  

Mmmmmmmm, yummy!! I could really go for some right now!

Anonymous,  10/13/09, 7:36 AM  


must taste amazing.


The Tome Traveller 10/13/09, 9:39 AM  

YUM, YUM, YUM!!! Hot cider is definitely a fave and this recipe looks easy. Thanks for posting!!

Esme 10/13/09, 12:04 PM  

This is perfect for a fall day-I love the recipes that have been added.

Elizabeth 10/13/09, 8:24 PM  

Yum. This will be perfect at a get-together I'm hosting in a couple of weeks!

Anonymous,  10/13/09, 10:34 PM  

Yum-yum! Thanks for sharing!

Heidenkind 10/13/09, 11:04 PM  

Yay, spiced cider! How much more fall-y can a person get? :) I wish I had some cider on hand so I could go make it right now!

S. Krishna 10/21/09, 10:11 AM  

This sounds great, I may have to pick up some apple cider and make this next time I go to the grocery store!

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