Friday, October 26, 2012

Hot Mulled Ginger-Cider (serves 1-2)


This is a great drink to help you warm up on a cool Fall night.  For me the aroma and taste is soothing especially after working a very long and busy day!  

3 C apple cider
1/4 C ginger tea (please see Curt's Ginger Tea post)
5 whole cloves
5 whole allspice
3 whole anise
One 2-inch cinnamon stick, broken up into pieces
One 2 or 3-inch piece of dried orange peel
A small pinch of fresh ground nutmeg
A slice of ginger, garnish (optional)

1) Add all ingredients in a small pot over high heat.
2) Once the liquid is just boiling, turn heat to low and let it steep for 15-20 minutes.
3) Strain and serve hot.

fall colors I
fall colors II
fall colors III
*When you eat an orange or a tangerine you can save the peel and let it dry naturally in your kitchen.  Once dried you can use the peel for this recipe.
*You can use store-bought apple cider or make your own.  If you want to make your own cider you can juice your apples and then store it in a container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and then use it.  
*One of the many pleasures of living in New England are the four distinct seasons.  Fall is always so colorful.  The three photos above of Fall colors (I, II, III) were taken last week at a spot where I fished for trout this past Spring and Summer.  It's a tranquil place where I can relax and clear my mind after a long work day.

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