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warm spiced apple juice

Despite the cold weather and short days, there still seem to be lots of celebrating with friends at this time of year.

And winter parties round these parts share a couple of indispensable characteristics, first is a huge bonfire and the second, a large pot or two simmering away on the wood stove filled with something warm to drink .  Usually, one pot will be filled with mulled wine, warm and fragrant, spicy red wine generously ladled around to keep the adults merry.  The other pot will be warm spiced apple juice, served to the little ones in mugs to keep the chills at bay.

Warm spiced apple juice is so easy to make, and we drink it often in winter, not just at parties, but whenever you might normally have a hot chocolate.   There are a few old orchards round here that make fresh pressed juice, and you buy it from a fridge in a shed by the side of the road, paying your money to an honesty box. Although you can go the more traditional route and buy your juice at a local supermarket, just make sure you get that nice cloudy apple juice.








Warm spiced apple juice

Not really a recipe - I'm guestimating the quantities, be guided by your taste buds to create a flavour you like. Sometimes I don't have whole spices to hand and use ground, that works okay.  Of course, you can make a much smaller amount for one or two people,  or double it for your next winter party.

2 litres of cloudy apple juice
1 litre of water
1/4 cup sugar (to taste - this really depends on the sweetness of your juice, you may not need any)
1 lemon or orange or both, thinly sliced
2 slices of fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
12 allspice berries
8 whole cloves

In a large saucepan combine all ingredients and simmer on a low heat, stirring occasionally for 25 minutes. Strain mixture and discard solids.

Serve in tea cups, mugs or jam jars for a hipster affect.  One might be tempted to add a nip of gin and apple brandy for extra warmth.  Try sipping it using a cinnamon stick as a straw - it's amazing!

18 comments:

  1. I might have been skeptical about whether this was "my cup of tea" but I tried my first warm cider the other night and I enjoyed it. This is a great idea for small people, too, and your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. It does sound odd at first doesn't it? Thanks for visiting, your blog looks lovely!

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  2. Oh this talk of winter and spiced cider/apple juice makes me long for cooler days. This recipe looks amazing! We are big fans of spiced apple juice but I have yet to ever sip it through a cinnamon stick. I will put that on my bucket list for when days are cooler and we have a backyard fire in our fire pit (will be definitely adding the hipster mason jars as well!)
    xxoo

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    1. Sounds perfect Rebecca! I wish I could join you! xx

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  3. 'tis the season for mulled wine. i had almost forgotten about it until i read your words! i'm am enjoying a tipple in the evenings after many months alcohol free.

    rachel xo

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    1. I love those spicy aromas of winter....xx

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  4. Yum
    I have just started the I quit sugar detox but once I'm back on natural sugars I'll like to try it.

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  5. This looks wonderful, so warming. YUM.

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  6. Oh yum, going to make some of this for the school holidays as we head to the woods outside Melbourne for our winter retreat. Thank you
    Such gorgeous, gorgeous pics

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    1. Oh Thank you A! You must try it!

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  7. Sipping through a cinnamon stick sounds wonderful - I must try it. We make spiced apple juice too but rather than faff around with mulled wine, for those that prefer an alcoholic drink we add a measure of Sloe Gin to their glass of spiced apple juice.

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  8. Sounds like just the thing to warm the cockles! As does the mulled wine :) When I lived in London, my local did a great spiced, warm rum drink using Sailor Jerry and lime. It was fabulous - wish I had the recipe (might just have to email them!)

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    1. Oh that does sound delicious Naomi! x

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  9. Yum! We're heading to a solstice party tomorrow night where everyone will be drinking mulled wine. I've been wondering what I'll take, given I'm off alcohol for a while... thanks for the answer!

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  10. Yum! Sounds like my kind of beverage! Thanks so much for the recipe, looking forward to giving it a try.
    Sophie x

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  11. This is a compliment. A third one. I m not gonna overburden ur place, but just, I ve been going throught the posts and I've been really enjoying.

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