• Therese Ludwig

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

It is officially October and I could not be more thrilled! I love everything about this month! Most importantly, it gives me the feel that it is the official kick off to the holidays and there are so many fun and exciting activities to do!

I absolutely adore decorating for the holidays. Halloween is a VERY close second to Christmas decorating for me… they may actually be tied! Every year we go all out with the lights, pumpkins, and props. I try to increase my stash each year to flood my house even further with a cute assortment of décor. My husband understands if we go out shopping somewhere, I MUST go down the Halloween aisle. It doesn’t matter what store it is, and I don’t need to buy every time, but I do need to browse and admire.

My love for decorating goes deep from the many years growing up with my parents who were avid holiday decorators. They always made the experience so fun, and I would count down the days to October every year. I still do that and I actually start getting fall fever in July, HA.

One of the many traditions we had this time of year was making Hot Spiced Apple Cider to enjoy while we decorated. My mom would get the crock pot of cider going in the morning so by the time we started decorating at night, the cider was ready. The house was just filled with this fantastic spiced aroma all day long. I would get hyped waiting for the night to come. We would usually pull out our bikes or roller blades and circle the street watching and occasionally assisting while we sipped our delicious and comforting cider. Fantastic memories right there.

Every single year, I now create this cider in my own home. With today being the very first day of October, I am pumped to get my cider going and start decorating the exterior of my home. I know throughout this month when I go visit my parent’s home, that cider will be going while they are out having a “decorating party” as my Mom calls it!

I hope you enjoy this simple, yet sophisticated recipe and happy decorating to you all!


Spiced Hot Apple Cider:

½ gallon apple juice or apple cider (Fresh if you can!)

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 Tablespoon whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. Place apple juice/cider and all of the spices into a crock pot. Turn heat to high for 1 hour then reduce to low and let steep for a couple hours. The longer you go the stronger the spices! If the spices get too strong after several hours in the crock pot you can add additional apple juice to taste. Enjoy!

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