Vanilla Lemon Apple Cider

Vanilla Lemon Apple Cider
Recipe by Dragon

The smell of this vanilla lemon apple cider will make your head spin. It is Christmas in a cup and it's absolutely delicious. I wish someone would capture this scent and make a perfume. Hmmm, maybe I'm on to something. Enjoy!

Serves: 6-8

8 cups apple cider
1/4 cup brandy (optional)
4 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
10 whole peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
5 cloves
5 cardomon pods, crushed
1/2 lemon, quartered
1/4 cup honey
1 vanilla bean
Lemon slices and cinnamon sticks to garnish


1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, combine apple cider, brandy, cinnamon sticks, star anise, peppercorns, nutmeg, cloves, cardomon pods, lemon and honey.

2. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds. Add both the seeds and the bean to the apple cider mixture.

3. Bring the cider to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the apple cider and keep it warm.

4. Serve immediately with a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick.


Sara said...

This sounds amazing, vanilla and lemon go together really well. I've been using a lot of cardamom lately, I love the flavor.

Unknown said...

oh ohhh this sounds soo wonderful for winter :)

happy holidays!

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful drink to welcome guests this Christmas as they arrive for a meal! I can almost smell it :)

Rajani said...

wow all the smells of the season! sounds fantastic... been away, missed so much on your blog!

Megan said...

This sounds like the perfect brew to keep warm in my crockpot all day. Love it!

Bunny said...

Wow! What a wonderful drink for the parites that are on the way! Great recipe!

Darius T. Williams said...

Looks amazing...I bet this was delicious!


Shelley Kubitz Mahannah said...

I'm battling a cold - this looks like it could hold the cure. :) Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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