I always love a warm drink during the holidays. One of my all time favourites is apple cider! It’s probably a favourite of many, but you have to agree that there is something special about it! When I was younger my family would go out to find Christmas trees at a tree farm down the road. We would spend about an hour or so picking out the perfect tree, and it was always freezing. On our way back home I would always be excited to have my mom’s warm apple cider. It was the just the thing I needed to warm up!
Lately I have been wanting that warm apple cider, but with a grown-up feel. I came up with this great twist on a classic and whenever I have friends over to just hang out or for a party, I always make this drink. It definitely is a comforting taste! It still has all the great qualities it did when I was younger!
The best part of the drink is the hint of cinnamon mixed with the brandy. That definitely makes the flavour delicious and perfect to enjoy by the fire. It is also very simple to make. In only 20 minutes you can have a hot mug full of this wonderful drink! Apple cider is perfect for any holiday occasion you have coming up, or even for just a night in with someone special!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes 6 cups
5 1/2 cups apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks, plus additional for garnish
2 star anise (optional)
1/4 cup brandy
1.Add the apple cider, cinnamon and star anise in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.
2.Drain into 4 glasses garnished with cinnamon sticks. Divide the brandy between glasses and stir. Serve immediately.
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.
by Amanda Garbutt