We work hard to prepare ourselves for the holidays. From gorgeous light decorations strung gracefully around trees and houses, to the jolly Christmas tunes you can’t help tapping your foot to, the anticipation truly adds to the season’s hype. I love shopping around Christmastime, when massive department stores start overflowing with red and green ribbons, bows, gift-wrapped boxes, and trees.
But when it comes to holiday decor, my all-time favorite is that comforting apple cider scent resonating in stores and coffee shops throughout the season.That irresistible spicy-sweet aroma simply soothes the soul. One whiff evokes happy childhood memories at Grandma’s house on Christmas; she’d always have sweet, warmly scented candles lit and at least a couple drool-worthy apple pies baking in the oven.
That sweet fragrance coupled with joyful laughs of family and friends and the sound of wine glasses clinking exuded happiness. I cherished these precious moments, absorbing every ounce of laughter and sweetness that surrounded me.
The scent gives off an aroma so sweet you want to stick out your tongue and taste it. Even thinking about it gives me those happy holiday chills!
To this day, as I step foot into Grandma’s house each Christmas, I stop and take a deep breath, attempting to take in the cheerful ambiance and sweet vibrations to the best of my abilities, and exhale with a smile.
With our Warm Spiced Apple Cider recipe, you can invite this mouthwatering aroma into your home while sipping on the tastiest apple cider you’ve ever had.
This recipe shows how a little spice can go a long way. Irresistible cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg turn up the flavor in this mouthwatering cider! Meanwhile, these ingredients deliver some impressive health benefits as well.
Let’s take a quick look:
- lowers blood sugar levels
- fights inflammation
- Can boost the immune system
- Improve digestion
- Reduce inflammation
- Boost libido
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces bloating and flatulence
- Rich in antioxidants
- Relieves stomachaches
- Relieves joint pain
- Induces sleep and relaxation
Uh, wow. So besides turning your average apple cider into an extraordinarily tasty treat, these spices carry an awesome health boost. Who knew?
And no, our ingredients list doesn’t include sugar. This no-sugar-added cider tastes super sweet on its own, thanks to the savory spices that act as natural sweeteners.
And the best part? Cooking up this fantastic beverage is a breeze. As long as you can turn the stove on and throw a few spices in a pot, you have the skills to whip up this heavenly cider. (And we guarantee it’ll invite more compliments than you prepared for!)
Simply cook the spices for a few minutes on low heat, add the cider, and let the fragrant concoction simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.
When it comes to must-have recipes this holiday season, our Warm Spiced Apple Cider definitely tops the list.
And if you’re in charge of entertaining, this recipe certainly has you covered. It’ll liven up your fall festivities and holiday parties with its to-die-for aroma and irresistible flavor. This crowd-pleaser will make a guaranteed hit at your next gathering, and fill your home with the mouthwatering scent of seasonal joy.
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Let us know what you think!
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 120 | Total Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 13mg | Carbohydrates: 30g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Protein: 0g | SmartPoints: 7
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 8 cups no-sugar added apple cider
- In a large soup pot, add the cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Cook on medium low heat just until fragrant. About 2 to 3 minutes. Add the apple cider. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Strain the cider before serving and serve hot.
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