This hot citrus cider is a recipe I’ve not made in more than 20 years. This winter warm up series I’m hosting is a really good reason to get out the recipe. Another good reason is because both of my boys love apple cider but they usually don’t drink it warm. For me, I prefer it warm and wanted to share it with them.
What’s amazing to me about this recipe is how much it tastes like cider. I got the original recipe from a now closed bed and breakfast we visited many years ago in Colorado. While their version was delicious, the owner only told me the ingredients, not the amounts and I had to recreate it myself. I tweaked what she gave me omitting cloves and substituting cinnamon sticks. Perfection after only two tries! It really is a perfectly delicious way to warm up on a cold day.
In case you missed last weeks drink, it was my Ultimate Hot Chocolate. Hot citrus cider is the second in the six week series.
Hot Citrus Cider
- 8 cups apple juice
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 cup molasses
Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan. Heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pour into a crockpot set to low to keep warm. Garnish with apple slices and/ or orange slices.
To store any leftover cider, remove and discard apple and orange slices and cinnamon sticks, then refrigerate. Reheat on the stovetop.
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