When it’s cold outside, a cozy atmosphere is created almost instantly by a warm beverage. In the middle of the holiday season, a spiced beverage adds to the appreciation of the season. Last week, I went in search of a simple warm beverage suitable for marking the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s Season and found recipes for three different cider drinks over at SheKnows. The one that seemed most at home in the fall season was Spiced Pumpkin Cider.
The Directions were pretty simple (see full recipe at link above) :
- Mix the pumpkin puree, apple cider, pumpkin pie spice and the cinnamon stick; boil; simmer for at least 20 minutes.
- Strain; Add rum (if desired); Serve warm 🙂
Since many people who tried the recipe complained about how thick it was, I made a thick and a thin batch – the thin batch was strained through a cheesecloth (yes, you read right – I don’t yet have a proper strainer in my kitchen!) while the thick batch was served hot right after being warmed on the stove.
Sprinkling grated nutmeg on the top of the finished drink added to presentation and taste. Surprisingly, I wasn’t put off by the thickness of the un-strained spiced cider but would adjust the proportions in the future to avoid having to strain so much.
Here are some photos that illustrate how things went. As the final photo shows, things get messy if you don’t have a proper strainer!