Spiced Apple Cider – Have a Sweet Weekend!

It was the sight of apple blossom 
on the tree outside the kitchen window
that set me to begin a book.
I didn't know then what I saw
or what it was I did
but hope was there, full as buds.
and now I eat the apples
and the book feeds me.
I dragged the ladder out
and climbed the tree,
its branches circled my waist
as if we where about to dance.
I plopped the apples down,
they made the beat of music...

Kate Llewellyn

Spiced Apple Cider

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  • 6 cups apple cider
  • orange juice from one orange
  • brown sugar to taste
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • cardamom to taste
  • 2 small pieces of peeled fresh ginger (optional)



Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan.


Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture 15 minutes to blend flavors.


Strain cider into mugs, and serve hot with a pie crust tops.

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    September 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

    You spiced apple cider so nicely!

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    Thyme (Sarah)
    September 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Oh, I could write sweet poetry to apple cider as well. I love fall and I love apple cider. Now that I have recently discovered cardamom, I'll bet that would be so fragrant and delicious in cider.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 2, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I want to try this recipe. Sounds wonderful for upcoming cold days! I need to buy apple cider and I'm all set! Thanks Yelena for sharing this lovely recipe!

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    Karen Schmautz
    September 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    This sounds so delicious. I never would have thought of mixing orange juice with apple juice.

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    September 3, 2012 at 3:16 am

    With an apple cider like this I would sure have a sweet weekend…:)

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    September 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    A perfect beverage for the season, and such a lovely presentation, Yelena ūüėČ

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    Spicie Foodie
    September 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful poem! I can't wait to make my first apple cider this season. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I can almost smell it.

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    October 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    How do you make these delicious Pie Topper Crust?

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