Well I guess I didn’t have any tricks for you this week – only treats. Hope you don’t mind!
We have enjoyed a gorgeous fall here in the Northwest – the leaves are beautiful and we have been able to enjoy it extra long this year because we haven’t had any rain yet! But that is about to change – the rains are headed in today, just in time for Halloween.
I grew up in Wisconsin and often went trick or treating in the snow – it would make me so mad because I’d have to wear my winter coat over my costume and no one could even see how cute I was!!
Here in the Northwest we have to do the same thing – although it’s not snow but rain we are dealing with. When we plan costumes you always plan for wearing warm clothes underneath or a coat over the top! Looks like raincoats may be in order tonight!
When those wet, cold and tired trick or treaters come home you will want to warm them up with a little spiced apple cider.
I think this may be one of my most requested recipes by my family and friends. It is so good. The trick I have found to really good spiced apple cider is to let it brew for as long as possible. The longer it brews the deeper the flavor.
I serve this yearly at my holiday customer open house, my team breakfast and just about every party I have at my house during the fall/winter season. Just last week one of my boys called asking for the recipe. He was having a group date carving pumpkins and he was in charge of the cider.
What’s your favorite warm beverage to drink?
Hot Apple Cider
1 gallon apple cider
1 1/2 C orange juice
1/2 C brown sugar
6 cinnamon sicks
12 whole cloves
12 whole allspice
Mix together and bring to a boil. Simmer at least 30 minutes. The longer it simmers, the better it gets!
As it brews longer it will form a “sludge” at the bottom of the pan – I just add more cider, let it brew a while longer and you are good to go!