Warm apple cider is one of the most popular cold-weather drinks and one of the most enjoyable things about the onset of fall. There’s something about the aromas and flavors of warm, spiced apple cider that evoke warm and cozy feelings. Whether your end up drinking it hot out of a mug or iced from a glass, this drink is sure to make any day feel special.
The history of apple cider can be traced back centuries ago in countries from all over the world. Apple cider was indeed a sign of harvest time and it is believed that early cider drinks contained apples, honey, spices and various herbs. It’s no surprise that apple cider has become a universal drink throughout the years. Its delicious, warming properties are perfect for the cooler months of the year.
When it comes to preparing apple cider, there’s no one particular recipe that stands out as the absolute best. It can be made in many different ways. Some variants use a slow-cooker to simmer the ingredients together, while others opt to reheat pre-made apple cider in a pot. Some recipes even add a touch of spirits such as brandy or rum to give the cider an extra kick. Sugars, spices, and even citrus rinds can be added to infuse the drink with unique flavors.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/211772/homemade-apple-cider/” name=”Homemade Apple Cider” summary=”This homemade apple cider recipe is simple to make by slow-cooking apples, sugar, cinnamon, and allspice on the stovetop until soft, then straining.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.allrecipes.com/thmb/wMizyBVtVa7zqadTpbEl04jJRT8=/1500×0/filters:no_upscale():max_bytes(150000):strip_icc()/Homemade-Apple-Cider-LaDonna-Langwell-2×1-1-7bb88ef2ff4e4461a210eaf97b5ec2b3.jpg”]
When it’s time to drink, you can decide if you would like your apple cider served warm or cold. Hot apple cider is usually served in a mug or cup and the flavor can be enhanced by the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg and even star anise to make it an even more comforting, festive beverage. If you’d like a cold option, you can chill your cider and even add a scoop of ice to make it more refreshing.
One of the best things about apple cider is that it is relatively low in calories so you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging every once in a while. Other than the sugars and fats that may be added to the drink, it actually contains quite a few fair-trade ingredients that can benefit you. Apples are rich in antioxidants, spices such as cinnamon can help promote healthy digestion, and some recipes call for orange, lemon, or lime which offer vitamin C.
If you really want to make a statement, you can even opt to serve warm cider in a hand-crafted vessel for that extra touch of special. Whether you are throwing a party or just having a cozy evening in, a seasonal beverage like apple cider is sure to please. Let the scents and flavors of this classic drink bring out the best in your occasion.