The Harvest Festival at Hawks Landing Farm is a much anticipated fall tradition with families coming all the way from Portland and Beaverton to attend. Crafts people and vendors, most from the local area, enjoy sharing their wares with the public. One of the most visited booths is the Woodville Garden Club’s Cider Stand. Kids and adults have a blast working the hand cranked apple press and enjoying a fresh, frothy glass of chilled cider. As the day wanes and the air takes on a decided fall crispness the spiced hot cider is much in demand. I asked Tina, the garden club’s reining Cider Queen, to share with us what makes their treat so tempting.
Sophia, thank you so much for asking me to share the Garden Club’s, not so secret, hot cider recipe.
It’s really quite simple and so much better for you than the artificial flavor sugar laden packets of “cider” mix.
Gather a few ingredients:
A jug of cider (fresh pressed is best but any kind you like will work)
With the peal ON cut a few slices from the orange.
Insert whole cloves into the orange slice (this is a great thing for little ones to help with)
Place the allspice in a loose tea holder.
Cut a few slices from the apple, cross-ways so the little star shows.
Pour the cider into a pot, add the clove studded orange slices, apple slices, allspice, and cinnamon sticks.
Let simmer on low until warm.
The longer it simmers the more intense the flavors will become.
If you are serving a large crowd or want to keep the cider warm for hours use a crock-pot set to warm. If you have leftovers remove the spices and apple and orange slices. When cool pour into a container with a lid and keep in the refrigerator. It’s easy to warm up a cup when wanted.
Do you have a variation on a hot cider recipe? Feel free to share it.