Raise your hand if you love a spiced up, warm, wintery drink…

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

It’s around about this time every year that I start saying to myself, “Ok, why again did I move to Canada?”. There are SEVERAL reason why I absolutely adore this country…but winter is far from being one of them. Sub-zero temperatures? I’ll pass, thanks.

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

HOWEVER. When the cold hits and you smell nutmeg and cinnamon in the air, I’ll admit it gives me the warm and fuzzies. Walking around the Christmas market with a hot cider goes down as one of my favorite activities of the year. Do you also lose your mind with excitement over Christmas markets? Worrrrrd.

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

I’m also kind of super ecstatic for Thanksgiving next week and this cider will be hitting the table, stat! (PS: yes, I’m still ‘merican and November is the month for Thanksgiving in my mind, sorry guys!). Who else is looking forward to going into a turkey-stuffing-sweet potato-spiced apple cider induced coma? Sign me up.

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

Sooooooo, if we’re all going to be freezing to death for the next few months, might as well make yummy drinks in gigantic fish bowls, correct?! Heck-to-the-YAS. Let me tell you about this drink right here. It’s spiced to the MAAAAX and the base comes from fresh apples and oranges. No boring apple juice mixed with orange juice mixed with whatever comes in a bottle, this is the real deal.

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

To get it suuuuper cinnamon-y and nutmeg-y, mixed well with the fruits the pressure cooker is my go-to. A lot of people prefer either a slow cooker or a dutch oven on the stove, and you can totally opt for that method. However, if you want to save time, the pressure cooker is the way to go. Just wait for it to whistle a few times, simmer down and poof!

A homemade, warm apple cider simmered in whole spices simmered

It’s an end of the week, put on your giant fluffy socks that go up to your knees, curl up on your couch and stare out at the leaves blowing, kinda drink. You need this in your life immediately.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

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A homemade cider with tons of Fall spices, fresh apple juice and orange juice, warmed with rum for the perfect festive cocktail!


Spiced Apple Cider

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 10 apples, quartered
  • 2 oranges, cut in 1 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup white rum (or desired amount)

Instructions

  1. Heat pressure cooker pot on the stove over medium heat. Add all ingredients, leaving a few apples for garnish. Alternatively, heat all ingredients in a slow cooker for 2-3 hours.
  2. Close the pressure cooker lid and turn to high heat. Leave until the nob at the top begins to twirl and whistle from the pressure. Turn heat down to low and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove cooker from the stove and run under cold water. Release remaining pressure by lifting the nob using the prongs of a fork (don't just lift with your fingers because it is very hot!).
  4. Using a thin mesh strainer, strain the apple cider mixture in batches over a large bowl. I usually push down on the apples while straining to really get all the juice out. Discard remaining ingredients.
  5. Add rum and serve warm!
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