Don’t Forget About Apples! Hot Spiced Cider
There’s a lot of attention given to pumpkin stuff this time of year. It’s EVERYWHRE. In your coffee, candles, food, lotions … if it were a weed, it’d be kudzu – highly invasive and slowly creeping over everything in sight.
Happily, there are other things that scream fall that have nothing to do with pumpkin (please don’t be mistaken, my love for pumpkin is STRONG – in fact I’m sipping a pumpkin spice flat white (it’s a thing) while I write this), and they are apples. I feel like apples have become the red headed stepchild of fall eating, but COME ON, how can you NOT like apples? Peel ‘em, boil ‘em, put ‘em in a stew … or maybe those are potatoes (which are called the apples of the earth in French, btw).
So apples: dip ‘em in caramel and nuts, bake ‘em in a pie (or tart, or any kind of pastry really), or press ‘em and make CIDER.
Apple cider is probably my most favoritest warm thing to sip in the fall while cuddled around a fire pit or watching a movie in the backyard. There are some super crazy recipes out there to doctor up (or make) your own cider, but I tend to fall into the “less is more” category. For example, I don’t add any sugar because cider in itself, at least to me, is sweet enough. But to each their own. If you like things sweet, by all means add sugar (go for brown sugar if you like things REALLY sweet).
Also: spiking hot cider with a bit (or a lot) of spiced rum is just lovely and warming for those cool nights outside around the fire.
2 cups cider (try for local press if you can)
1-2 cinnamon sticks
¼ tsp nutmeg
spiced rum (optional)
apple slices for garnish
Add the cider, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg to a medium pot on the stove and bring to a boil over medium heat; stir frequently.
After it boils remove from heat and serve up in mugs. Add a jigger or two of spiced rum (optional). Garnish with a slice of apple.
Do you have a favorite apple cider recipe? Or maybe another have-to-try-it fall drink? Let us know in the comments below.1