Hot Apple Cider

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
3 cloves
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.