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Belly Warming Apple Cider

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The period of time between November and January are full of food, gifts, and family gatherings.  Nothing says "I'll be home for Christmas" better than a mug of homemade apple cider.  

  • 2 black tea bags, brewed in about 2 cups of hot water. I like Stash Irish breakfast, because it’s strong, but use your favorite tea.
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 / 8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Honey about 2 tablespoons, or to your taste 

Of course you can use any honey you like, but I really love Granja San Francisco Mediterranean Rosemary & Lavender Honey. It tastes wonderful, comes in a cute beehive shaped plastic bottle and does not crystallize in the bottle. I think it tastes way better than Tupelo honey but I’m sure Tupelo honey lovers will disagree! 

Simmer apple cider, honey, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and cloves for 10 minutes in a saucepan on the stovetop. If you want to avoid any spice bits in your tea, place the nutmeg and cloves in a tea ball or place them in a small piece of cheesecloth and knot securely. You can remove the spice packet before you add the mix to the tea.

Add apple cider mix to the brewed tea in a teapot or heatproof glass jug. Serve with a couple of shortbread cookies and you’re all set for a cold winter afternoon! 

Variation: If you don’t have apple cider you can always use a couple of Apple Cider tea bags with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water and simmer this with the honey and spices. Bigelow and Stash both make Apple Cider tea bags, but make sure to adjust your spices based on how spicy the tea smells or you may end up with too much of a good thing.


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