Hot Apple Cider Mix | Recipe Perfect for Homemade Gift Giving

Hot Apple Cider Mix Recipe

Squeeee! That’s how I feel about this Hot Apple Cider Mix that is perfect for homemade gift giving.

I love Hot Apple Cider. Is any other drink so absolutely perfect on a crisp fall day or when the snow starts to fall?

A quick word about ingredients. I used Sucnat brown sugar as the sugar in this mix. If you aren’t familiar with Sucnat – it is a natural, less processed form of brown sugar. If you haven’t used it before, I need to caution you. Sucnat is just crushed sugar cane. Without the extra processing brown sugar undergoes, it still contains all of the cane’s natural molasses, and has a distinct, natural molasses flavor.

You can use brown sugar in this mix if you want traditional flavor for your hot apple cider. If you are choosing to go the whole food, all natural route, I hope you’ll give sucnat a try. The flavor is unique but still delicious.

Hot Apple Cider Mix Ingredients

This project does take a little bit of time because you have to dry the orange peels. But drying the peels doesn’t require you do anything but babysit the oven.

Here’s how to dry your orange peels:

  1. Start by juicing the orange.
  2. Use a spoon and scrape out any additional pulp until all you are left with is the orange peel.
  3. Dry in a 200 degree oven for 4 to 6 hours. Check frequently. If after a few hours they start to look brown, turn your oven down to 100 to complete the drying process. They need to be thoroughly dried so they don’t spoil
  4. Allow to cool.

Once your peels are dry, call the kids! Assembling the Hot Apple Cider Mix is a fun afternoon activity to do with kids of all ages.

To create your Hot Apple Cider Mix gift:

  1. Add 3 allspice and two cloves to the bottom of the orange.
  2. Fill the orange peel with sucnat or brown sugar.
  3. Trim your cinnamon stick to the correct length to look like a body.
  4. Using 4 cloves, make arms and legs.
  5. Use an allspice as the head. {I picked through mine to find one the appropriate size.}

Why add the allspice and cloves to the bottom? They don’t “fit” with the cinnamon stick body, so you just hide them. That way the apple cider will be spiced correctly, but your gift is stinkin’ cute!

Hot Apple Cider Mix Homemade Gift

Present your Homemade Hot Apple Cider Mix with a bottle of your favorite local apple cider. You may want to attach instructions to your gift:

Heat all ingredients over a low flame for 30 minutes.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Comments

  1. Forgive me if I overlooked it above, What size bottle of cider does this mix accommodate?

  2. Hi Brian, You did not overlook the cider bottle size. This mix will flavor any size bottle. The smaller the bottle, the sugar will make it sweeter than a larger one, but the spices will impart flavor to any size bottle – so pick your favorite! Thanks for asking, Andrea

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