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Apple Cider Recipes for the Season

Posted on December 6, 2017 in House + Home, Holiday Ideas

Written by West Coast Gardens

We’ve all got our favourite holiday drinks, from cold eggnog to hot chocolate. One of the most versatile drink this season is apple cider, with it’s spicy tangy warmth. There are as many recipes for apple cider as there are baubles on your Christmas tree, from the traditional to the all out strange! (Have you ever tried bacon and apple cider?)

Here are three apple cider recipes certain to get you feeling festive this winter, perfect for sipping while you wrap (or unwrap) gifts, watch your favourite Christmas classic movie or gather with friends.

Apple Cider Recipes by West Coast Gardens in Vancouver Surrey BC

Tangy Apple Cider Recipe

  • 10 cups apple juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 strips orange peel, removed with a vegetable peeler

Heat the apple juice on a low setting until it’s piping hot, then add the cinnamon, cloves and orange peel. Let it simmer for at least 20 minutes (the longer you leave it, the stronger it gets!) Add some orange slices or cinnamon sticks to the mugs as a fancy garnish.

Apple Cider Recipes by West Coast Gardens in Vancouver Surrey BC

Orange Spice Cider

  • 8 cups apple juice (or you can use half apple and half orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 2  cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dark rum (optional)

Zesty cider that mixes sweet and tart with all the spices of Christmas. Heat the apple juice until hot, then add the spices, orange wedges and brown sugar. Once it’s ready to serve you can strain the mixture and discard the solids. Add a splash of rum for the adults!

Apple Cider Recipes by West Coast Gardens in Vancouver Surrey BC


Maple Apple Spice

  • 4-6 cups apple juice
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

For those who like a sweeter apple cider, try this variety. Use pressed real apple juice (the kind that isn’t a clear liquid) and high quality maple syrup for the best results! Heat the apple juice, then simmer with the rest of the ingredients  for at least 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy some delicious cider and have a happy holidays!!