Monday, November 4, 2013

Spiced Apple Cider: The Bed of Beverages

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

    -From How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Poetry seemed like the best, most effective way to illustrate the immensity of my love.  My love for bed.  

The place that provides refuge from the storms.  Our very own private boat to get us through the oceans of life. The place where snuggling is not only tolerated, but encouraged.  The place that welcomes Seth and me, a pig cat a puff cat, and occasionally a Maxwell into its fold.  The place brimming with warm comforters.  Or, at least my side of the bed has multiple comforters... 

I suppose my love for bed developed during college.  The years when Seth and I lived in Philadelphia.  The bedroom had the one air conditioner.  The sweltering summers became somewhat tolerable if one stayed in the bedroom.  Thus began our marathon TV watching from bed, Chinese takeout eaten in bed, fort building on the bed.  Incidentally, it was also the place that felt safe from the roaches and mice that also enjoyed living in the apartment.  Seth eventually started calling me bedbug because of my growing affection for this piece of furniture.

Apple cider is the bed of beverages.  Here, apple juice is boosted with cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and star anise.  Clementine juice and peel and ginger boost the flavor.  Serving it with pomegranate arils gives a pop of color.  So warm and comforting, a quaffable private boat.  He may start needing to call me ciderbug...

25.4 fl oz Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider *
2 cinnamon sticks
juice and peel from half a clementine
4 slices from a knob of ginger
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 star anise
pomegranate arils, for serving

*note:  The cider loses the bubbles when heated, but I like the nice clean apple flavor of this juice.  Feel free to use another apple juice!

Put in everything in a medium pot over medium low heat.  It will take about 15-20 minutes to get nice and warm and fragrant.  Once heated, ladle into mugs and serve with a spoonful of pomegranate arils - They add a pop of color, taste great, and are fun to eat with a spoon!


  1. What's not to love about bed? But I think I'll have to get out of it to make some of this apple cider. I love that you used sparkling apple cider. I don't think I've ever seen that before.

  2. I *heart* my bed too, if only we could sleep for a living.
    This spiced-up cider looks cosy and dreamy!

  3. So refreshing. I love all the spices!!

    And seriously, I could spend all day in bed!

  4. Cider is one of my favorite parts of fall, and this post is the perfect homage to how cozy it is! I love making wassail for Christmas, maybe this year I'll sneak some peppercorns in it.

  5. Deve ser tão bom, adorei a cor!
    Kiss, Susana
    Nota: Ver o passatempo a decorrer no meu blog:

  6. A perfect beverage indeed :D


  7. Would love to have this lovely aromatic drink right away.

  8. Spiced cider is one of the best drinks of the season! Love the use of a clementine!

  9. Hi Jennifer,

    My name is Warren Sampson and I'm the Social Media Coordinator at S. Martinelli & Co.. I came across your recipe this morning and I first want to say "bravo" and thanks for including us in your delicious recipe! I also wanted to add a friendly tip, which is that the apple juice and cider in all of our products (sparkling or not) is the same. With that in mind, if you're going to be losing the carbonation bubbles in the process anyway, one of our still apple juice or cider items ( may be more cost effective without sacrificing flavor (of course the price depends entirely on factors such as where you shop, quantity bought, etc.).

    Once again, we're thrilled to be your cider of choice for this recipe and wish you all the best as the cold winter approaches!

  10. A mug of hot cider in bed would be positively perfect on this cold morning!

  11. Very nice post. I definitely appreciate this site. Stick with it!


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