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Hot Apple Cider Magic: A Delicious Autumn Ritual of Self-Care

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As the air turns crisp, and the leaves transform into a breathtaking tapestry of colors, there’s a shift in the atmosphere that speaks to my soul. It’s as if nature herself is gently coaxing us to slow down, to savor the present moment, and to indulge in the simple pleasures that this season brings. 

For me, one of the most cherished rituals of autumn is the art of crafting warm, spiced beverages. The symphony of flavors and the aromatic dance of spices in a cup of hot apple cider or a steaming mug of Golden Milk around my face like a fragrant veil. Whether it’s the delicate dance of steam from a cup of herbal tea or the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee, these moments are my sanctuary of solace, a connection to the here and now.

There’s something undeniably soothing about autumn. It’s a season of transition, of shedding the old and preparing for the new. Just as the trees let go of their leaves, we too can find solace in shedding the weight of our worries and cares, if only for a moment. This is where the act of crafting warm beverages becomes more than just a culinary endeavor – it becomes a ritual of self-care.

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Small Acts of Self Care

In a world that often feels rushed and demanding, taking the time to prepare a warm beverage is an act of mindfulness. It’s a deliberate pause, a moment where you intentionally step away from the chaos and immerse yourself in the present. The process of measuring ingredients, watching them infuse, and waiting patiently for the flavors to meld is a practice in patience and presence. It’s a reminder that not everything in life needs to be hurried; some things are best enjoyed slowly, savored like a cherished memory.

Creating rituals around preparing these beverages is a way of nourishing the soul. It’s about infusing intention into the act, infusing each step with care and attention. From selecting the finest ingredients to bundling up spices in cheesecloth, every action is a reflection of your dedication to nurturing yourself. And when the first sip touches your lips, it’s as if you’re wrapping yourself in a blanket of warmth – not just from the beverage, but from the care you’ve woven into its creation.

In a world that often glorifies productivity and achievement, these simple rituals remind us that self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. It’s the foundation upon which we build our resilience, our well-being, and our capacity to face the challenges that life presents. So, as the leaves fall and the temperature drops, I invite you to embrace the art of crafting warm, spiced beverages. Let the aroma of cinnamon and cloves be a reminder that taking time for yourself is not selfish – it’s an act of self-preservation.

In the recipe that follow, I’ll take you on a journey through the process of crafting a soul-soothing elixir: spiced hot apple cider. We’ll explore the ingredients, the steps, and the moments of magic that unfold as warmth infuses every corner of your being. Join me in this celebration of autumn flavors and the quiet joy of self-care.

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Gathering the Ingredients

The heart of any exceptional spiced hot apple cider lies in the quality of its ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 6 cups of organic apple cider
  • 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • Strips of orange peel
  • Strips of lemon peel
  • Cheesecloth and string
  • Optional cinnamon sticks for serving

Make sure to choose apple cider that is rich and full-bodied. Its natural sweetness will form the foundation of our concoction, complemented by the depth of maple syrup.

Crafting the Spiced Hot Apple Cider

  1. Combine Cider and Maple Syrup: In a large pot, pour in 6 cups of apple cider. The crisp aroma of apples will immediately begin to infuse the air. Now, add the 1/4 cup of maple syrup, which introduces a layer of comforting sweetness that will dance on your taste buds.

  2. Prepare the Spice Bundle: This is where the magic truly begins. Take a piece of cheesecloth and lay out the 2 cinnamon sticks, 6 whole cloves, 6 whole allspice berries, strips of orange peel, and strips of lemon peel. Bundle them up in the cheesecloth, securing the aromatic ensemble with a piece of string. As you tie the string, it’s almost as if you’re crafting a fragrant treasure.

  3. Infusion of Aromas: Gently place the spice bundle into the pot with the apple cider and maple syrup. As it hits the liquid, an orchestra of scents will begin to rise – the warmth of cinnamon, the intrigue of cloves, and the zest of citrus.

  4. Subtle Transformation: With the spice bundle nestled among the liquid, it’s time to coax out those flavors. Set the pot on moderate heat and let the mixture gradually warm. It’s crucial to avoid boiling; we’re aiming for a gentle infusion. Allow it to steep for 5-10 minutes, during which time your kitchen will become an aromatic sanctuary.

  5. A Symphony of Senses: As the mixture warms, your surroundings will fill with the most enchanting symphony of scents. Close your eyes and let the anticipation build – soon, you’ll be cradling a cup of liquid comfort.

  6. The Unveiling: After 5-10 minutes, remove the pot from the heat. Carefully extract the spice bundle from its aromatic bath, and with it, the essence of autumn. The spiced hot apple cider now holds a symphony of flavors that have melded together harmoniously.

  7. Serving and Sipping: Pour the spiced hot apple cider into cups or mugs that you’ve prepared. The steam rising from the cup is like a warm invitation, and as you bring it to your lips, the first sip will envelop you in its comforting embrace. The apple cider’s natural sweetness, enriched by the maple syrup, will greet your taste buds, while the spices paint a portrait of the season. 

   For an extra touch, consider placing a cinnamon stick in each serving – not only does     it enhance the presentation, but it also serves as a stirrer, allowing you to immerse         yourself even deeper in the flavors.

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Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Barbi Gardiner
Indulge in the cozy ritual of crafting spiced apple cider. Discover the simple steps to create a comforting elixir that warms the soul. From mixing cider and maple syrup to infusing aromatic spices, find solace in this autumn-inspired self-care practice. Sip and savor the essence of the season with every cup.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 6 cups of apple cider
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • Strips of orange peel
  • Strips of lemon peel
  • Cheesecloth and string
  • Optional cinnamon sticks for serving


  • Pour 6 cups of apple cider into the pot.
  • Take a piece of cheesecloth. On top of it, put 2 cinnamon sticks, 6 whole cloves, 6 whole allspice berries, pieces of orange peel, and pieces of lemon peel. Fold the cheesecloth around these things and tie it with some string.
  • Carefully place the spice bundle you made into the pot with the apple cider.
  • Put the pot on medium heat. Warm it up slowly – don't let it start boiling. Keep it like this for about 5-10 minutes. This will help the flavors mix together.
  • After 5-10 minutes, take the pot off the heat. Carefully remove the spice bundle from the pot.
  • Pour into mugs. Enjoy!


Notes: If you want, you can put a cinnamon stick in each cup – it will look nice and can also help you stir the flavors while you enjoy your drink.
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A Ritual of Comfort

In the end, crafting spiced hot apple cider is more than just mixing ingredients; it’s a ritual that ties us to the heartwarming memories of autumns past and the promise of cozy moments to come. As you sip this elixir, you’re savoring the very essence of the season, cupping it in your hands and letting it warm your spirit. 

So, whether you’re gathered around a crackling fire, sharing stories with loved ones, or simply taking a quiet moment for yourself, let this spiced hot apple cider be your companion – a reminder that comfort and joy can be found in the simplest of pleasures.

Here are a few of my other favorite warm and spicy beverages and spice mixes for the cooler months:

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