Cocktails…Homemade Cider


Last Christmas in Paris, The Boyfriend and I had mead at a holiday street festival.  It as like something out of a movie, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts and hot cider.  Since we are getting into the holiday season, I’ve been looking for a good cocktail recipe to recreate what we had.

After looking for mead recipes, I found you brew it like beer.  And it takes about three weeks.  Well I’m not one to wait three weeks for a cocktail, let alone three hours so I found a replacement recipe that takes about 30 minutes (albeit still longer than I like to wait for cocktails).

cider- oranges

First, I baked oranges studded with cloves at 350 degrees for half an hour.  In the meantime, I heated apple cider laced with Maker’s and cinnamon sticks on the stove top.

The combination made the house smell amazing.

cider- pot

Once the oranges were done, I heated up everything and let it simmer for a couple minutes.  And voila!

cider- me

 I normally don’t act like I stepped out of the pages of Pinterest, but I wanted to try and make something to remind us of Paris.

And it gave me a reason to wear my “je t’aime” sweatshirt.



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