To have something nice to serve anyone who stops by around the holidays, I keep apple juice in my fridge, the old-fashioned unsweetened and unfiltered type.
Cooked with warming spices it makes the coziest holiday drink – and makes the kitchen smell wonderful.
The recipe is originally from Pipsa’s first cookbook that I often go to when I need inspiration for fresh and simple family recipes.
The original recipe calls for maple syrup, which I never use, because I think the juice is already so sweet when warmed up.
Pipsa’s Hot Apple Cider (for four)
1 liter (4 cups) apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise pods
2 cardamom pods
3 allspice berries
4 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for half an hour. Strain off spices and serve.