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Spiked Cider

Here’s wishing you and those you love a very happy, safe, joyous and memorable year to come.  May you find new recipes to enjoy and new friends to share them with.  And whether you’re lying around in pajamas tonight eating pizza and ice cream or heading out to a fancy shindig, be safe and have a happy 2013!  My last recipe of the year:  Spiked Cider

The best thing about this drink… it’s just a nice, lightly spiked warm beverage to sip by a cozy fire on a chilly day.

Spices you’ll need:  whole allspice and cloves + cinnamon sticks.  I stuck them in a tea strainer, but you can wrap the little ones in a piece of cheesecloth if you’d like.  And they’d probably be just fine in the pan on their own if you have a fine sieve for straining.

Combine apple cider (or apple juice) in a pan with the spices.

Bring it all to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.  Those spices get right on in there and flavor up that apple cider/juice just perfectly.

Pour that hot spiced apple cider into mugs.  Hand them out to the kids first, then spike yours with a bit of brandy.  The alcohol is not overwhelming, but just enough to give you a schnizzle of warmth in your belly.  Purchase a sampler size of brandy at a liquor store if you don’t want a big ‘ol bottle lying around.

Enjoy by a roaring fire!

2012 has been a happy and memorable year for me (and I hope for you too!)  Highlights include:

  • Trips to New Orleans, Oregon, Kansas City, New York City, Napa Valley, Massachusetts and Seattle.
  • Weddings… both my niece and my nephew (and a new baby too!)
  • Cross Country Road Trip 2012 with my family.
  • Celebrating my 17th wedding anniversary with the best husband ever.
  • A family reunion in Lake Tahoe.
  • Watching my 11 year old son play endless sports- tennis, basketball, baseball and flag football.
  • Finishing up my very first cookbook!

Thank you my sweet readers… for your visits to my blog… for your sweet comments and constructive criticism… for your emails and tweets… and for believing in me and my recipes.  I’m living my dream because of > YOU.  Happy New Year!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Spiked Cider


4 to 5 cups apple cider or apple juice
4 whole cloves
4 whole allspice
3 cinnamon sticks
1 ounce brandy, or more as desired


1. Bring cider almost to a boil in a saucepan.

2. Place spices on a square of cheesecloth and tie up with a string (or add to a tea strainer); add spice bag or strainer to cider and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes. Remove spice bag.

3. Serve cider in cups and float a small amount of brandy on top of each serving.


18 Responses to “Spiked Cider”

  1. postedDec 31, 2012 9:36 AM

    What a great year you’ve had! I look forward to your cookbook. These are beautiful photos. Happy New Year!!

  2. postedDec 31, 2012 11:36 AM

    I’ve made so many of your recipes over the past year.. looking forward to many more. Thank you and Happy New Year!

    Breakfast After 10

  3. postedDec 31, 2012 11:43 AM

    Yes to this! My world needs more warm boozy treats.

  4. postedDec 31, 2012 11:57 AM

    What a wonderful alternative to mulled wine!

  5. postedDec 31, 2012 12:38 PM

    Lori, so many great cocktails being posted today for New Year’s Eve and I love the fact that you went with Spiked Cider! I happen to have a huge 1 gallon jug of premium organic apple cider and will be making your Spiked Cider this week during our holiday vacation to keep warm due to all the snow we’ve gotten here in Indy. Thank you for sharing and… Best Wishes for a very HAPPY, HEALTHY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR—especially with the release of your cookbook this spring! xoxo ~Stacy

  6. postedDec 31, 2012 12:40 PM

    Happy New Year!! Mmmm cozy 🙂

  7. postedDec 31, 2012 2:02 PM

    ohhh, nice drink!!! Lucky for me I have all the ingredients! Hubby and I will be having this tonight!! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!!

  8. postedJan 1, 2013 7:25 AM

    Dearest Lori, I just wanted to thank you for linking to my blog on your post here:

    Just made my year when you mentioned my post!!! Thank you sooo much!!! Have the merriest 2013 ahead! 🙂


    • postedJan 1, 2013 2:05 PM

      You’re very welcome! I hope it has brought you a few new visitors!

  9. postedJan 1, 2013 11:13 AM

    What an amazing year you’ve had! So excited to see what the New Year has in store for you 😉

  10. postedJan 1, 2013 2:47 PM

    Congratulations on your wonderful year and best wishes for the next.

  11. postedJan 1, 2013 3:36 PM
    Yvette N.

    Enjoy your blog tremendously.

    It is a cool, mid-thirties temperature wise here, on the coast of Washington
    state. I think your Spiked Cider is just what we need. Cheers!

  12. postedJan 1, 2013 7:22 PM

    This sounds heavenly! Hope you had a fabulous holiday season. Sending you hugs! Can’t wait for your book to come out.
    Happy New Year, Lori!

  13. postedJan 2, 2013 4:20 AM

    Oh I will have to make this today, this is perfect for the season! Happy New Year.

  14. postedJan 2, 2013 5:41 AM

    Oh my word does that sound amazing and comforting for a cold night! It’s going to be 0 here on Friday night… I will be warming up with a class of this cider!

  15. postedJan 2, 2013 10:08 PM

    Thanks again Lori! Not just a few, there was a lot!!! 🙂 Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  16. postedDec 29, 2013 9:31 AM
    Becky lynch

    I loved this warm idea…but was wondering if there was supposed to be brown sugar in the recipe like regular spiced cider has..let me know! Becky

    • postedDec 29, 2013 7:35 PM

      No, just as written.

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