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I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with apple cider. I love the seasonal aspect of it but the flavor usually disappoints. It’s frequently way too cloyingly sweet. Not this recipe. I swear! It’s delicious, smells great, and is a delightful mix of sweet and tart flavors. Also it’s the perfect drink to make when you (or a friend) have a cold or a scratchy throat. I serve it at Fall and winter parties during cold/flu season. It’s just the ticket when you know some loyal friend has dragged herself to your house for a function when you know she’d rather be home! Offer this up and she’ll be grateful and comfy. This recipe is based on a recipe from my good friend Carol. She taught me this in college many years ago.


Today I had 25 ladies over for a garden walk, so I served the cider in this punch bowl. I used a Crate and Barrel glass bowl, clear cider cups and a METAL ladle. The metal ladle is key because the cider will be hot and pouring it SLOWLY over it will minimize the chance that the hot liquid will crack the bowl. I then took a fall garland from Michaels and made a wreath around the punch bowl. Lastly I plugged in a strand a white light for fun fall ambience.


Here are the two darling cakes one hostess brought. They’re from Whole Foods and we’re delicious. The white mummy was a white cake and the orange monster was chocolate. They were 5 inches in diameter but easily served all the 25 guests.


Apple 🍎Cider Recipe:


-I gallon old fashioned apple cider

-One orange 🍊,sliced crosswise into 5-6 slices 

-30 whole cloves

-2 whole cinnamon sticks

-Canned pineapple 🍍juice, 36 ounces (4 1/2 cups) (I use a 6-pack of canned Dole pineapple juice)

-Fresh orange 🍊juice, 2 cups

-Lemon 🍋juice (3-4 cups) (I use bottled “Real lemon” brand juice)


  1. Take a large pot and pour the cider into it.  Save the container for step 9 below.

  2. Stud each slice of orange 🍊with 5-6 whole cloves.

  3. Float the orange slices in the cider.  Add the cinnamon sticks.

  4. Add the pineapple 🍍, orange 🍊and 3 cups of the lemon 🍋juices.

  5. Over a medium heat bring the mixture to a soft boil.

  6. Summer for 20 minutes on low.

  7. Taste the cider.  It should be a nice mixture of sweet and tart flavors.  If it’s too sweet add another cup of the lemon 🍋juice.

  8. Enjoy!

  9. Once the party is over,  take the cooled leftover liquid and pour it back into gallon container that the cider was in originally, using a funnel.  Then if you want to enjoy it again, just pour yourself a cup in a mug and microwave it until hot! Yum!🍎🍊🍍🍋🍁

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