Apple Goji Berry Spiced Cider

Now at the most northerly latitude that I have ever lived, the Canadian penchant for steaming cups of coffee makes a lot of sense.  But I’ll never join in drinking the bitter stuff, as heavenly as the aroma is.  As an alternative, hot tea has its appeal, yet sometimes I find myself wanting more flavour.  And for flavour, spiced cider is the way to go. Inspired by a delicious apple pie recipe, the fruity apple and berry flavours become tasty treasures in this drink.  I never knew that I could make real cider without a press, but I recently adopted a technique from Holly’s Helpings.  I love that homemade cider can be so simple and doesn’t require any special equipment!

Apple Goji Berry Cider

Recipe for Apple Goji Berry Spiced Cider

  • 1 litre (1 quart) apple juice
  • 4 to 5 medium apples, cut in half
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • whole or ground cloves, to taste, optional
  • ground allspice, to taste, optional
  • fresh or ground ginger, to taste, optional
  • dried goji berries, approximately 2 tablespoons


  1. In a crock pot or heavy pot, combine apples and juice.  Heat to a simmer (turn on low setting on crock pot) for 3-4 hours.  Gently crush apples with a spoon. Add cinnamon and other spices to taste and simmer for one more hour.
  2. Ladle liquid and apples into a strainer set over another pan.  Let cider drain down and then gently reheat the filtered cider.  Place goji berries into serving mugs.  Pour or ladle the hot cider into mugs and let the cider and berries steep for a few minutes.  Serve warm.

I’m sharing this recipe at Marvelous Mondays, Smoothie OTW,

Traditional Tuesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Fall into the Holidays, Savoring Saturdays, and more.


23 thoughts on “Apple Goji Berry Spiced Cider

    1. It isn’t too noticeable until the end. I like to consume the berries when I finish the drink. The ultra healthy berries do absorb some of the cider flavour. You could also try a taste test (with and without them) too. 🙂

  1. Spiced cider is one of those perfect comfort drinks, that can make the most rotten weather, most tedious days or horrible moods just fade away. I don’t make it often enough!
    I would prefer this often coffee anyway, it sounds heavenly 😀
    Thanks so much for linking up to Smoothie OTW, I hope you’ll join us again soon!

  2. Thrilled to have inspired a tasty toasty drink with a little grateful apple goji berry pie. (Just a thought, but I might be inclined to add a little vanilla vodka, just sayin!) Cheers.

  3. I LOVE Gojis! I have been searching for a “certified” nut free brand. They are usually processed in the same plant with tree nuts, which my boys can have. Hopefully I’ll find a brand that doesn’t have the risk of cross contamination because I know they’d love them too! Thanks for sharing at Gluten Free Fridays.

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever had goji berries before, but this sure sounds delicious. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays! We’re getting the party started back up this weekend – I hope to see you there! 🙂

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