18.12.11

Hot Apple Cider

I had a request at the Market yesterday for a spice mixture for Hot Apple Cider.  Why did I not think of this?  It would have been a hit at the Market!  Next year.

I came up with these little bouquet garni.  Simmer with 8 - 10 cups of apple cider or unrefined apple juice.  Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar or maple syrup and serve.

Hot Apple Cider Bouquet Garni

Cut a double thickness of fine cheesecloth into 3 - 4 inch squares.  Use pinking shears if you have them for a nice finish.  Fill each with the following mixture -

1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon dried orange zest

I broke the cinnamon stick in half and tied one half outside the bag for decoration.  I broke the other half into little pieces and put them inside the bag.  A trick to dry orange zest is to use the microwave oven.  I used finely grated orange zest and microwaved for about 50 seconds.  Do check it often because it can burn easily.

10 comments:

  1. LA SIDRA ES MUY RICA NUNCA LA HE PROBADO CALIENTE ,UN RICO LICOR PARA NAVIDAD,ABRAZOS Y ABRAZOS .BUENOS AUGURIOS PARA NAVIDAD,PAZ Y AMOR.

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  2. This is the perfect little bundle to slip into someones stoccking!

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  3. What a festive idea. I'll try it with some hard cider I made this fall. Best Wishes to you Sarah for the Holiday Season!

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  4. These are so cute. Just perfect little gifts, too!

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  5. This is very similar to the recipe I use and it is yummy. Diane

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  6. They look lovely! Happy holidays!
    Cheers

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  7. That is a sweet idea Sarah! I've been avoiding the Christmas Market. Looking at all those yummy things gets my mouth to watering. I am trying to keep the weight off my hips ~ I have to get into a bathing suit in a couple of weeks. Scary!!!! :o)

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season Sarah!
    xo Catherine

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  8. Great idea, sarah... then all you have to do is warm and pour!

    I just read someone won a dinner basket from a company that does exotic dinners... all you add is meat or whatever... sounded like fun.

    Best wishes to you for the holidays... I know your customers will have a delicious holiday thanks to you!

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  9. I could use a nice hot cup of this cider right now in front of a crackling fire! Merry Christmas Sarah!

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