Monday, October 6, 2014

Crowd Pleaser: Spiced Apple Cider

This weekend, it was a packed one. Two workout dates with friends, a movie date with my husband and a housewarming party that was sure to take the s'more.

To try to prepare in advance, I took a rest day Friday and Miles and I got the grocery shopping done before I had to go to work. Supplies for dinners (chicken burritos, chili and lasagna soup) were bought, and I made sure there were ample freezer goodies for the boys when I'm gone later this week for the Bourbon Chase.

The one thing I didn't have was something to take to the party.

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Sure, just ask the pregnant lady to buy some beer. It would be bad enough to watch them drink it but to buy it, nope. Not gonna happen.

I could have easily scrounged up a side (read: picked up something at the deli) but I thought it would be better to bring something that I would enjoy - and happily - as everyone took in the libations.

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Spiced Apple Cider! It couldn't have been a better pick either, as the high hovered in the mid- to high 40s and there was a light drizzle to make sure the bonfire (and my Reese's s'mores) would be downright dreadful. It was warm and flavorful and served hot, it took the chill out of the air.

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I brought the Zevia, my slow cooker and an orange, and I picked up the cider and cinnamon sticks on the way to the party.

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In less than 5 minutes, I had the orange sliced and every thing brewing, so to speak, in the slow cooker. It would easily work on the stove but I wanted it to be warm throughout the night. I started it on high for 30 minutes and then turned it to warm when the cider was hot.

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I absolutely loved it as did the other guests. In fact, Betsy saved the leftovers to store in the fridge when no-nap Miles made it clear it was time to go. (And, yes, after a day full of food that included bowl full of chili and two deviled eggs plus bad posture, I am showing. Already.)

Spiced Apple Cider

2 (12-ounce) cans Zevia Orange soda
3 cups apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
1/2 orange, sliced
3 cinnamon sticks (or a small pinch will do)

 In a small sauce pan add the Zevia Orange soda, apple cider or unfiltered, juice, orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Heat on medium low for 10 to 15 minutes – this well infuse the cinnamon into the cider but it will also make your house smell great! Pour into mug and enjoy!

Slow cooker variation: Place all ingredients in crock and heat on high for 30 minutes or until hot. Reduce setting to warm while serving.

- Adapted from Zevia

Disclosure: I have a working relationship with Zevia, and they sent mocktail recipes to me for consideration. I made this of my own accord and was not compensated or sent any samples to make and share this specific recipes.


  1. Everyone shows quicker the second is like impossible to hold yourself in. I think I started showing with my second the minute the test came back positive!

  2. That looks downright yummy and you are adorable in all your tiny showy-ness :)

  3. Mmmm I love the way spiced cider makes the entire house smell!

  4. Hellooooooo....What did you think of the Reeces smores??!!!!!
    The apple cider sounds really good too!!