First of all I want to thank everyone who sent birthday wishes to Purvi through this blog and FB. A big thanks to all of you. As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I was down wsith flu a few days back. Things got from bad to worse and I ended up with chills and fever. I was bed ridden for almost a day. I am not sure what went wrong because the flu was almost gone. I am wondering if it is the weather here. Because this time the winter is really long. Though most of my friends are taking full advantage of the weather, I am afraid I don't share the same enthusiasm for the winters. As I come from a place that is famous for it's sun, a slight dip in the temerature makes me extremely uncomfortable. I feel extremely depressed and gloomy. Am I sounding like a wet blanket? Perhaps I am. But then it is true. Winter always make me feel lazy. It makes me crave for hot cofee, hot chocolate and hot soups.
Yesterday was one of those days when I had a similar craving for something hot and spicey at about 4pm. Since I limit my coffee intake to one large cup a day, I didn't want make coffee again. I wanted something that would warm me up from inside and also something that is healthy. That is when I decided to try making this hot apple cider. I remembered the recipe from an old Tarla dalal magazine. And as luck would have it, there was some apple juice in the fridge. It took only five minutes to put this drink together and it tasted abolutely divine. This delicately spiced drink not only managed to warm me up, but also gave me enough enthusiasm to make me photograph the drink. Now isn't that great??
The spices used in this drink not only impart an irresistible flavour and fragrance, but they also add warmth to the apple juice, making it a source of delicious comfort on a cold cold day!!!
Warm apple Cider recipe:
Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 5min
Apple juice- 2 cups
Cinnamon sticks- 2" long
Brown sugar or honey- 1 tsp
Lemon juice- 2 tsp
- Combine the apple juice along with the cloves and cinnamon and bring to a boil.
- Strain the juice and discard the cloves and cinnamon.
- Add the lemon juice and honey. Mix and serve immediately.
- If using packaged apple juice, then use a juice that is free of artificial flavours and sweeteners.
- For an alcoholic version, you can add a table spoon of brandy