I recently discovered that I had a juicer at home and a really good one! This means I could make the freshest beverages and finally start juice cleansing. Today I used it for making cinnamon apple cider. It’s a drink I love during the wintertime, along with Chai and hot chocolate. Most apple ciders I order outside are made from syrups or apple juices with added sugars- this one is totally natural and guilt free. I also love to host and it’s fun to serve something other than coffee or tea.
The ingredients that I used were already at home so feel free to use non- grounded spices.
Cinnamon Apple Cider Recipe
Ingredients I used:
Electronic juicer machine (that can juice apples), I used this one
Small manual citrus juicer, I used one like this
Small or medium sized pot
9 sliced red apples (red apples are sweeter than green ones, recommended- fresh picked from your apple tree….I don’t have one)
2 diced and peeled red apples
2 cinnamon sticks
2 pinches of ground cinnamon
3 cardamom pods
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground allspice
Sweetener of choice if needed (I don’t use a sweetener, the apples I use are very sweet)
1. Wash apples and cut 9 apples into slices (I don’t need to peel the sliced apples, my juicer does it for me) and dice and peel the remaining 2.
2. Juice the apple slices in electric juicer and pour into pot without the foam (I spoon it out)
3. Juice the orange in manual juicer and add to pot. There should be about 4 cups juice
4. Add cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, cardamom pods, ground cloves, ground allspice and diced apples
5. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 10 mins or until diced apples are soft
I usually make this for guests so I reheat it before they arrive.
Apples- Regulate blood sugar, lower LDL (“Bad cholesterol”) levels, have anti-oxidant effects, anti- cancer and anti- asthma benefits.
Oranges- High on vitamin c (an anti-oxidant), lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, have anti- inflammatory benefits, high on fibers and is said in recent studies to reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Cinnamon- Used as a spice and as a medicine, it’s warming qualities are well valued in holistic medicine. Cinnamon has anti- inflammatory and anti- microbial effects, stimulates blood tissue circulation, controls blood sugar levels and is a high source of calcium and fiber.
Cardamom- Assists digestion, freshens breath, detoxifies the body, brings clarity and joy and helps the flow of “Paraná”(Life force).
Cloves- Have anti-inflammatory effects, high on manganese, vitamin K and dietary fibers.
Allspice- Found to have anti- inflammatory and anti- flatulent properties, high in potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, vitamin A, B6 and c.
Always happy to hear suggestions for improvements