Spiced Apple Cider

Growing up, I'd watch my mom go through her elegant ritual of making tea from loose tea leaves. She has a bone chine tea set that she inherited from Aunt Faye...complete with a sterling silver tea ball. The delicate cups had tiny handles you could barely get a finger through and the edges were rimmed in ornate ruffles edged in real gold paint.

I bugged my mom SO much for a chance to drink tea out of those cups that she finally gave me a shot...and I dropped the cup and the saucer. To say I was devastated, would be an understatement. I cried for two hours so she finally put some tea in my Snoopy mug and let me drink that.

It was Sleepy Time tea. #NeverTrustATeaCupAndASmile

Now that tea (I haven't made personally) gives me anxiety... I avoid it at all costs when I go over my mother's house. Since she is both my downfall and my ace, my mom makes apple cider during the holidays and waits for me to take a sip so she can assure me that she isn't tryna kill me.

Here is her recipe. Enjoyment is guaranteed....sleeping is optional.


Spiced Apple Cider

  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 slices (thin) unpeeled fresh ginger
  • Peel of 1 large orange, without pith
  • 2 whole star anise 
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 10-15 fresh cranberries

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan; bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.

2. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, 1 hour, or for a richer flavor, refrigerate overnight. Strain and reheat before serving.


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