Apple, Clementine and Cranberry Cider
The whole family can enjoy this warming, healthy and delicious seasonal drink! Made from nutritious whole foods, sweetened naturally with fruit and Christmas spices, with no added sugar. The festive flavors and bright color of this beverage is wonderful for any winter meal!
- Nutmeg (1/4th seed - freshly grated)
- Cinnamon (6 small sticks)
- Star anise (3)
- Candied Ginger (1/4th cup cubes)
- Water (1 litre + 3 cups)
- Gala Apples (6 small, sliced thinly – reserve some slices for garnish)
- Clementine’s (2 medium, chopped whole into quarters)
- Fresh Cranberries (227 grams/approx 1 cup or 1 small bag)
- Apple Mint (fresh, garnish)
- Prep the fruit: Wash the fruit well. Cut the apples thinly using a mandoline or knife.
- Chop the clementine’s into quarters, leaving the peels - which contain the most flavors from its essential oils.
- Simply keep the cranberries whole.
- Place the fruit into a big, deep pot. Toss in the 6 cinnamon sticks, 3 small star anise, and candied ginger cubes.
- Grate a little nutmeg into the mix. Add about 1.5 litres of hot boiled water to the pot, just enough to cover the fruit & spices by an inch or two.
- Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 15 min covered.
- After 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let the fruit and spices infuse for another 20-30 minutes – covered.
- Taste and adjust for your taste! If you prefer sweeter drinks, add a teaspoon or two of maple syrup. Always taste your cooking to tweak to your preference!
- Strain the ingredients using a colander or strainer, emptying the liquid into a large bowl.
- Pick out the cinnamon sticks and star anise. Using a ladle, mash the fruit to release their juices.
- To release all of the residual liquid (and flavor!) strain the fruit further using a fine, clean dishtowel or cheesecloth. Squeeze as much juice out of the bundle of fruit as possible.
- The drink is now ready to garnish! Pour the drink into glasses/small jars and add a cinnamon stick, a few sliced apples, and sprig of apple mint. Enjoy!
NOTE: Please do not toss away the strained cooked fruit. Remove the ginger pieces and mix the fruit using a food processor or blender, adding a little maple syrup to balance the slightly sour cranberries. Enjoy this ‘compote’ for breakfast, as a snack, or healthy dessert parfait - layered with crunchy granola or mix of nuts & seeds!