Friday, September 24, 2010

It's hot cider time ......

The leaves are turning color, the nights are longer, there's a chill in the air and we're surrounded with autumn smells along with our northwest rain. There is firewood stacked in the fireplace, the afghans are out along with sweaters, socks and a pile of books ready to read. It's fall and it's time to sip some hot cider and enjoy the waffling of apple fragrances throughout the house.

2 quarts apple cider or juice
3-4 cinnamon sticks - broken into 2" pieces
*if not on hand, 2 t (more or less to taste)
of ground cinnamon is OK
1/4 Cup brown sugar
a dash of nutmeg
a dash of allspice (only if you have some on hand)
a tab of butter
a small piece of orange peel added, if on hand
Heat and serve

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