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Hot Spiced Apple Cider

 Tonight we are off to Lepp Farms.
We have baked some of our favorite specialty cookies for Christmas.
Tonight each guest will go home with their own beautifully packaged tray.
We are so thankful that Lepp Farms donates all their proceeds
from our MGCC cooking classes to Matthew's House,
a respite facility for children with severe disabilities.

We will be serving Lepp Farm's hot apple cider made from their own apples.
It's the perfect drink to add to that cold wintery night,
just for the two of you, or for a  quiet night with friends and family 
that have gathered together during this festive season.
  You can all sit back and smell the aroma of spices fused together
as you quickly warm up this drink and serve your guests.

 Hot Spiced Apple Cider
  • 12 cups water
  • 4 tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Simmer water and tea bags together with spices for 30 minutes.
  2. Add 4 cups apple cider.
  3. Add 4 cups orange juice from frozen concentrate
  4. Add 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. Heat it up to a quick boil.
  6. Take out tea bags, cinnamon sticks, and spice container.
  7. Simmer slowly for another half hour. 
  8. Cool and pour back into glass jugs and store in cool place.


  1. What a wonderful twist on hot apple cider - I am going to try this! I'm sure it smells so festive as well!
    Have fun tonight - can't wait to see the pictures and old fashioned cookie creations.

  2. Wow this hot apple cider looks fantastic!

  3. Those cookies on the left front look interesting. Is there a recipe on your site for those? Thanks. This cider sounds wonderful.

  4. Hi Rebecca,
    Those cookies are call Pfeffernuesse. This is my original recipe. There are several recipe on line but each of us has a slightly different version.
    There is also a recipe in the first book, by Judy, called Pfeffernuesse on page 188.

    1. Here's Bev's recipe
      Hope you enjoy them.

  5. Aha! I was just on Lovella's site and wondered what would be done with the cookie packages. Now I know! Have a wonderful time.

  6. So there is tea in your mulled drink! Now I know why you were also calling it Winter Tea. Whatever the name, it is delicious!

  7. Did you mean 4 C. of orange juice concentrate, or 4 C. after you dilute the concentrate with water? Thanks!

    1. Hi,
      I mean 4 cups ciluted concentrate. Thanks for the heads up. Marg

  8. Just wondering if anyone else is having trouble with the 'recipe search'? It has not been working at all for me for the past week or more

    1. Yes I've been having trouble as well.

  9. What is all the water for?? Out of the total volume of 20 cups of liquid only 4 cups is cider?

    1. It's a tea based drink...and the apple cider and orange juice combined with the spices give it the flavor of hot spiced tea. Maybe I should of referred to it as a hot spiced tea instead. Often I vary my amounts, by adding more apple cider.

    2. Ok thanks , so it is already made oj, not oj concentrate if I understand from previously asked question . Th water will cook.with the tea and spices and make the base.

      We make our own cider...I have it frozen in gallon cartons for drinking as is when thawed and canned in half gallon jars which I use for hot cider. I am used to just using the half gallon as the base and adding sliced oranges and lemons and spices right to it in the crock pot.

      I will definitely try this . Just black tea like PG Tips?

  10. I'm having a get-together on Wednesday night the girls are coming over for a cookies exchange with any luck I'll end up with 144 - 12 different varieties and this apple cider will be perfect, thanks


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