Apple Cider is a great autumn drink to brew with your family. It’s hot and sweet, it has ingredients your child can help prepare, and all the different spices can inspire a conversation about smell and taste with your children!
Here’s a recipe adapted from All Recipes, but feel free to add and subtract ingredients according to your family’s tastes.
- 6 cups quality Apple Cider
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 whole allspice berries
- 1 orange peel, cut into strips
- 1 lemon peel, cut into strips
Pour the Apple Cider into a large pot. If you’re feeling motivated and have a juicer, try juicing a few of your own apples and add them to the pot! Add the maple syrup, if you like it sweet.
You have a few options for all the aromatics; cinnamon, cloves, Allspice, and citrus peels. One easy clean up option is to wrap up all the spices in a square of cheesecloth.
If you don’t have cheesecloth, consider using a tea ball, or just throw the spices in the pot. Ladle them out again or leave them in the bottom of the pot when you serve!
Ask your child to help you prepare the spices. Talk about the name of each spice as you add it, and smell each spice to speak about the different attributes. This is a great way for your child to learn about the ingredients that give our food flavor!
Bring your concoction just to a simmer, not boiling, then turn on low for another 10-15 minutes or until hot. Serve with a cinnamon stick and enjoy some family time!
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