Spicy Apple Cider


2 quarts apple juice or cider
1 Tbs whole clove
1 Tbs whole allspice
1 Tbs crystallized chopped ginger
1 Tbs diced orange peel
1 tsp granulated honey
2 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks (or more, to taste)
Few grains of salt (as desired)


Nothing is better than a warm mug of cider to warm you up on those bitter winter days (can you tell we’re in Iowa?)  This one is a very favorite of ours at AllSpice.

  1. Combine all ingredients and place in a sachet/packet or directly into the cider.
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. Remove spices by lifting or straining, and serve in hot mugs.
  4. For a fancy added-touch, thread raisins and orange sections on skewers and use as stirrers.