Santa came to our house on Monday!
It was so fun. Our city fire department has Santa come around every year to different houses who enter a lottery. This year we were chosen! We invited some friends over to enjoy the fun.
Santa came to our home in a fire truck and the kids got to sit on his lap and tell them what they wanted for Christmas. Most of the kids were too young to actually give Santa a list, mostly, it gave us parents the chance to take pictures with the kids and Santa without having to go to the mall. I think the other parents and I were more excited about Santa coming over in a fire truck than the kids were.
So why am I telling you this?
Well, occasionally I like to show off how cute my kids are.
No, really, as a person with Celiac and an herbalist I have to come up with some interesting food and beverages when we have company over. I can’t just get a bag of chips and some dip from the store, and have some soda, and call it a party. I have to have something that makes people say WOW and forget that I don’t have “normal” stuff at my hosue.
We actually had a fun potluck where everyone brought some sort of gluten free goodie to share with everyone. I made a ham and potato soup (recipe coming soon) and some GF vegan bread sticks and (gmo free) corn bread. A friend brought some chicken taco soup, another friend brought some cookies and other sweets. The food was great!
Next was the drink situation. I had wine, but not everyone drinks wine. I needed a sweet, hot tasty beverage everyone would love.
Enter, the apple cider.
This spiced apple cider is a step up from the rest. I used real fresh spices in higher amounts than you will normally see, and it was perfect. Everyone loved it! I made a whole gallon of this spiced apple cider and it was gone in an hour. It is incredibly simple and something that would be a hit at any holiday party!
Deliciously Spiced Apple Cider Recipe
- 1 gallon organic apple cider
- 2-3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 10 cardamom pods
- 5-8 anise pods (that is what you see in the picture)
In a pot, heat the apple cider on medium low just so it is warm but not simmering. Add the cinnamon, ginger, and allspice to the pot and either whisk in the spices (they will float and glop on top if you don’t!) or use a hand mixer to thoroughly incorporate the spices. Add the cardamom and anise pods and let it cook on medium low (not simmering) for 10-20 minutes. Set on low to keep it warm while everyone is enjoying it!
You could also make this in a crock pot on low.
As a bonus, your house will smell amazing and these herbs are perfect to help aid digestion and help the body deal with the sugar overload you very well may be experiencing this holiday season.
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