When it's Fall, You Make Spiced Apple Cider!

I have finally hit the point in the year where I am officially tired of raking leaves. The other day while I was outside in my yard raking for the third time I spent the time thinking about if I hated raking or shoveling more. And then I started to think about how it would be snowing in Wisconsin soon and I’d be wearing boots in the freezing cold clearing my sidewalks for the mailman. Before I knew it, I was finished raking and it was time to go inside for a hot glass of Spiced Apple Cider!

All jokes aside, I actually enjoy getting outside in the fall even if it is for chores because it allows me to get some fresh air and clear my head. When you live in a cold weather state like Wisconsin you find yourself missing the great outdoors when it’s the middle of winter and all you want to do is stay inside curled up with a movie. I find that a warm glass of cider is the perfect way to warm back up after you’ve been outside in the cooler temperatures.

Litehouse offers 2 varieties of cold-pressed cider: Gala and Honeycrisp. I prefer the Gala Cider because it is slightly more mellow than the tart Honeycrisp variety. I also find that it is the perfect base for a spiced cider. Simmering your cider with a combination of clove, allspice, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg enhances the cider and my secret ingredient are the seeds from a vanilla bean. This adds a subtly sweet flavor and a touch of smokiness to the cider. This cider is perfect to serve at a party with a touch of brandy or bourbon!

What are some of the ways that you stay active during cooler months? No matter how to plan to keep moving I suggest a glass of hot Spiced Apple Cider while you kick back and relax!

Spiced Apple Cider

Serves 12 | Finish in 1 hour
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When cider season is here - you jump on it and make Spiced Cider! Because fall.

Ingredients

1 gallon Litehouse Gala Apple Cider

1 tablespoon whole allspice

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

4 cloves whole cloves

3 cinnamon sticks

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

Directions

Combine cider, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean and add bean. Bring spiced cider just to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook just below a simmer until flavors meld, about 1 hour.

Strain cider through a sieve into another pot or heatproof punch bowl; discard solids in sieve. Ladle hot spiced cider into cups.


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