Spiced cider is similar to mulled wine, or at least the spices are. It adds an aromatic fragrance that seeps into every room and smells delightful. I served this recently at a baby shower I threw and people came back for seconds, thirds and fourths. Quite the popular drink if you ask me. Did I mention it is ridiculously easy to make? Great anytime, hot or cold, but best served hot, curled up in warm blanket with a good book.
- 1/2 gallon of fresh apple juice
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole all spice
- 3 whole star anise
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
Put all ingredients into a tea kettle, or large pot and bring to a boil (about 5 minutes or until tea kettle screams). Serve hot by itself or with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.