Hot Apple Cider

Last night I attended a Housewarming Event with a friend from work.  There, I met a cooking woman from Guyana.  When I say cooking, I mean, she prepared almost every dish, including the drinks, and it wasn't even her housewarming.  Outstanding!

While sampling some of the food, after taking a series of photographs for the honored guests, this woman told me her recipe for hot apple cider, so I decided to give it a try today.  That way I would know if I could pull it off for the real cooks in my family at Thanksgiving.  My mom tried it, gave her nod of approval, so I guess that's a go-ahead.

Hot Apple Cider
1 gallon apple juice (any cheap brand will do)
4 or 5 bay leaves (What?)
handful of cloves
a few sticks of cinnamon
brown sugar


Boil about 2 cups of water with the seasonings until the water is infused with the flavor of the bay leaves, cloves, and cinnamon.  (She told me to remove them at this point, but I kept them in.)

Add the apple juice to the spiced water.

Simmer forever.

Add brown sugar to taste.

Yes, I'm going to strain the drink.  I'll make a new batch of this on Thanksgiving Day, but I'll keep it warm in the crock pot and then I'll get out of everyone's way because I'm not old enough to be in the kitchen with them, even if they are using my kitchen.


  1. This is going to be delicious for Thanksgiving (and for any other day as well :)
    The idea of serving a nice hot drink for the holidays just makes me so happy!

  2. This looks like it tastes "cozy"

  3. Thanks Libby for the recipe, I'll make me a batch while I'm standing outside on Thanksgiving morning preparing the turkey and glazing the ham. Hmmmm I'm sure all that will make for some great snap shots. Happy Thanksgiving.


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