Spiced Apple Cider with Clove Oranges

On Monday we woke to a temperature of – 15° F.  If this sounds very cold, that’s because it IS.  Especially first thing in the morning when you have to stand in snow 2 feet deep goading a puppy to go potty.  On days like these, I like to keep a pot of this heavenly cider simmering on the stove. There’s nothing so soothing as stepping in from the cold to a warm kitchen filled with the smells of apple, cinnamon and cloves. This spiced cider hugs like a blanket, filling you with warmth and sweetness. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Thanksgiving Entertaining.

Yields twelve 1-cup servings.

SODIUM CONTENT: 25 mg per serving


3 small oranges or tangerines, about 3/4 lb. total weight
36 whole cloves
3 qt. apple cider
14 cinnamon sticks (10 tied with a strip of orange zest, if desired)
2 star anise pods


Stud each orange with 12 cloves, pressing in firmly to secure. Place the oranges in a large pot, pour in the cider and warm over low heat. Tie 4 of the cinnamon sticks and the 2 star anise in cheesecloth and place in pot. Bring to a simmer and keep warm over low heat until serving.

To serve, ladle into cups and garnish with a cinnamon stick tied with orange zest, if desired.

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4 Responses to Spiced Apple Cider with Clove Oranges

  1. sorry, did you say 15 OR -15? it was 74 today in walt disney world. seriously, i am moving somewhere warm. there was ANOTHER snowstorm at home today. might stay here until the thaw.

    as for this beverage, it looks BEYOND delicious. i love the snazzy flair of the orange zest around the stick. yum.

  2. Christy says:

    No that would be MINUS 15. When the temps are in the teens I am out walking happily, finding the cold invigorating, etc. 15 below, just opening the door is like a slap in the face, we rush out for Roxy to do her business and I am FLYING back inside. Yesterday’s 25 seems balmy by comparison.

    Glad you are enjoying the warmth of FLA. These oranges will have to tide me over till July. XO

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