Spiced Apple Cider & a very special Thank You!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

All of us here at The Bright Side Project would like to wish all of our friends here in the States a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving. May you and your loved ones enjoy the abundance of the season.

A very special ‘Thank You’ to all of you, our Bright Side community, for sharing this space with us. Our entire team here works hard to create a space where you can find some inspiration, some positivity, some good in this sometimes scary and overwhelming world. We aim to brighten your day with every post and we truly feel honored that you take time out of your busy days to visit us here. We are so thankful. For you.

In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share my idea for the perfect way to spend the day after Thanksgiving. Rather than braving the crowds in stores across the land, I vote that you stay in, make some apple cider, play a board game (or video game, no judgment), do some online shopping (hello, Holiday Shopping List!) and enjoy the company of those you love most. Sounds like heaven, don’t you think?

Now, I found this recipe awhile ago online but have been unable to locate the source so I winged it. If anyone recognizes the source, please let me know! You’ll need the following:

Use whole spices. (Seriously, if you haven’t ever grated fresh nutmeg into your recipes, you are in for a treat!) I used six apples, one orange, one whole nutmeg, one tablespoon of whole cloves, three cinnamon sticks, and a half cup of brown sugar.

Wash the apples and orange well and cut into wedges. Throw everything in the pot and cover with water.

Bring everything to a boil and let boil uncovered for about an hour. Then turn down the heat, cover, and simmer for two more hours. Your house will smell so good you might break into a dance party in the living room in excitement. True story.

After two hours, use your potato masher to smash everything up.

You can let this mixture simmer longer if you like or taste and see how you like it so far. You can also add more sugar if you like. I prefer mine less sweet. Allow the mixture to cool and strain into a bowl using either a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Wrap up the cheesecloth and squeeze all the drippings out. Good stuff. (Sidenote: if you are going to use cheesecloth, PLEASE allow the mixture to cool first. I didn’t do this. So I had to stand, holding the cheesecloth over the bowl for quite a long time while waiting for it to get cool enough for me to squeeze. Lesson learned.)

Serve warm. Or cold. Both are delicious! Just store in a jar and keep in the fridge. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!


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    Tiffany says:

    This is great! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it!

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