Hot Spiced Apple Cider
This hot spiced cider recipe is one I learned from my mom, who would make it every year around Hanukkah. We would have friends and family over, light the Hanukkah candles, and enjoy a hot (and usually slightly alcoholic) glass of cider. Although this year will probably be different, I know that wherever I end up celebrating the holidays, I will be making this cider and feeling like I’m back home.
- 1.5-2 L apple cider
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 whole cloves
- 2-3 star anise
- 1/3 cup raisins optional
- 1/2 cup apples chopped, optional
- 1/2 orange rind optional
- 3/4 cup gin, rum, vodka, or other spirit of your choice (I personally prefer gin) optional
Add everything, except for the alcohol, to a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Turn off the heat and add the alcohol (if you wish).
Serve and enjoy!