Hooray, it’s Friday! The weekend is about to begin, and this weekend up and down the land there will be the annual Bonfire and Fireworks events . I love this time of year as we slip into winter, the cold crisp air turing our cheeks red and our fingers blue , bundling up in scarves and thick jumpers to keep the cold at bay while we head out to local firework displays, gasping in awe and delight at the pyrotechnical art that explodes in the inky dark night skies.
While hot chocolate is often the choice to warm us up when we return home, this wonderful hot spiced cider recipe is a great alternative to share with friends and family. You could make it in advance and just heat up when you return home.
Hot Spiced Cider:
You will need:
2 large bottles of good quality cider (not the fizzy stuff) – you can substitute this with apple juice for a non-alcoholic version.
2 large teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of ground nutmeg (or freshly grated if prefered)
1 large orange, cut into quarters (leave the peel on)
1 lemon, cut into quarters (leave the peel on)
1/2 teaspoon of allspice
Heat ingredients gently in a pan until hot (don’t bring to the boil), strain and serve immediately in glass mugs, decorated with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. For some extra kick, you could add a splash of Goldschläger which is a delicious Swiss cinnamon schnapps with thin flakes of gold in it.
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