Warm Holiday Cider Recipe

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I skipped a post last weekend because I was up to my elbows in chocolate, cider, crafting, and Christmas carols.

While that does not sound nearly as entertaining in type as it was in person, there is much to be excited about- I now have tons of homemade goodies, crafts, and DIYs to share with you!

This year, I entered into a Secret Santa exchange with some friends. The theme of the exchange is handmade, upcycled, and crafted goodness. And as thrilled as I am to be doing this, my schedule has kept me miles from a craft or project.

I made up for my crazy schedule last weekend with 48 hours of DIY heaven.

I completed so many projects it’s hard to find a place to start.

But it’s most appropriate to begin with the beverage that was sipped while I listened to Christmas music and crafted away.

This recipe comes from my father-in-law. It’s the perfect starting point from which to create dozens of fantastic cider recipes and mixers. The flavor is easily altered by simply changing some of the optional ingredients and it’s always enjoyed by all.

May it fill your holiday crafting and baking with as much Christmas fever as my own!

Warm Holiday Cider
 
This is a warm holiday cider perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, parties, and crafting days.
Ingredients
  • 2 parts apple juice
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part lemonade
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 6 Cinnamon sticks
  • Optional: orange, orange zest, cloves
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.
  2. Slowly heat of the low heat.
  3. Simmer all day and enjoy as needed.
Notes
I enjoy keeping this on the stove all day. It doubles as a seasonal air freshener and is then ready to be enjoyed anytime! You can freeze leftovers and the longer it sits, the tastier it becomes.

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3 Responses to Warm Holiday Cider Recipe

  1. Christopher O'Byrne says:

    For me, this is the smell and taste of the season. I always have some in the fridge in the fall and winter. Hot or cold it is a great juice drink with high vitamin C. I usually use cider rather than apple juice. I made a batch this morning and because I had limes I used lime juice for the first time. Worth it. Thanks for the idea. Of course, I have been told that the hot cider is very good with an appropriate dose of spiced rum.

    • brookeO says:

      I think the flexibility of this recipe is what makes it so wonderful. And I must agree that a healthy dose of spiced rum compliments this cider nicely:) Thanks, Chris!

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