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!
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
- 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.
- 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.