How to make yummy apple cider drinks infused with fruits and spices

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Apple cider is a fall and winter essential, whether you prefer to drink it hot or cold. But if you want to give your cider an extra punch of flavor, spicing up the beverage is the way to go.

You can create a custom apple cider flavor by starting with plain apple cider from the grocery store or your local farmer’s market. Then, collect a few of your favorite fruits and spices. One combo that’s a surefire winner is apple cinnamon ginger pear cider. Here’s how to make it:

Apple Cinnamon Ginger Pear Cider

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces sliced pears (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 inches knob ginger, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 2 star anise
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot over medium-high heat on the stove and fill with each of the ingredients. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Let the cider mixture simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once done, strain and garnish with extra pear slices and a cinnamon stick. Serve warm.

Try this infused apple cider or other combinations like blackberry with oranges or raspberry and lemon.

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