Saturday, November 23, 2013

Two-Ingredient Spiced Apple Cider (non-alcoholic)

This simple cider is such a no-brainer that I almost feel silly sharing it, but it's so good that it would be sillier not to.

This is literally all you will need:

1. Plain, unsweetened apple cider (aka unfiltered apple juice)

2. Celestial Seasonings Safari Spice Roobios Tea (it's naturally free of caffeine, just in case that's a consideration!)

I've done this for years with other spiced teas, but this one is by far the best (and no, this is not a sponsored post). Stash Black Chai Spice and Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice were both enjoyable, but the fragrance of the roobios in this blend enhances the fruity aroma of the apple cider in a way that others simply can't.

The spices conjure up cozy Christmas memories, making me long for Santa's elves to dance into my living room with nativity scenes and mistletoe. I've promised myself I'll hold off on the decorating until the day after Thanksgiving, but I'll likely go through several jugs of cider and boxes of tea in the meantime.

I hope you and yours will enjoy it this season as well!

Single serving: Fill your favorite mug with cider and microwave until very hot but not boiling (2 minutes, give or take). Add a bag of tea and let steep for 2-3 minutes before letting extreme coziness consume you.

For a crowd: Fill a crock-pot with plain cider. Heat over low or high heat, depending on your time-frame. Keep in mind it will take a while to heat through (alternatively, you could microwave the cider in batches and add it to the crock-pot on the "keep warm" setting). Once the cider is hot, turn the crock-pot to the "keep warm" setting, add 6-8 bags of the tea, and let steep for about 10 minutes before removing the tea bags with a slotted spoon.

(Cinnamon-stick garnish optional)

Thanks for reading! Here's to Being the Secret Ingredient in your life.

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