What do you normally drink in the morning? Coffee? Tea? Water? …?
I am a coffee drinker, myself – not because I need my cup of joe, nor because I’m addicted to the caffeine, but because I like the taste and it’s a nice ritual. There’s just something about heating up our espresso machine, listening to the ssssssssssshhhhttttttt while steaming milk, pulling a foamy shot of espresso, and then pouring it into my favourite thermos.
But, there are some days when I don’t want a coffee with my breakfast – I want something more special. Something more seasonal. Something like Homemade Hot Apple Cider.
This weekend, we took my step-daughter to the pumpkin patch, picked our pumpkins (mine is a perfectly green round globe this year – I like picking the unconventional pumpkins!), munched on our complimentary farm-grown Macintosh apples – and as we drove back home to the city, with the sun glinting through the burnt orange maple trees, all I could think about was – we need hot apple cider.
There’s no flavour quite as quintessentially Fall as hot apple cider. In fact, I’m calling this recipe Simple Homemade Hot Apple Cider, because even my seven-year-old step-daughter could make it – I told her the quantities and she put everything in the pot, gave it a stir, went to go hollow out her pumpkin, and soon thereafter I poured fragrant, steaming apple cider into our mugs, as we discussed what face to carve onto her pumpkin.
There are only five ingredients to Simple Homemade Hot Apple Cider: apple cider (feel free to use apple juice instead), honey, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and a slice of lemon. Heat all ingredients in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes – in the meantime, your house will smell like a dream. And then – drink in the flavours of Fall. 😉
- 4 cups apple cider (apple juice also works, but isn't quite as good)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 8 whole cloves
- slice of lemon
- thin apple slices, to garnish
- extra cinnamon sticks, to garnish
- In a medium-size pot over medium-low heat, add all ingredients. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
- Strain (or just pick out the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon) before serving.
- Garnish with thin apple slices and extra cinnamon sticks. Serve.
Pssst, spike each mug of apple cider with 1/2 a shot of bourbon! Get that morning started right 😉