The spices in this cider have numerous health benefits. Star anise is used for relieving digestive ailments such as abdominal cramps, bloating, belching, constipation, gas, indigestion and stomach aches.  Cinnamon is used to reduce inflammation, relieves indigestion, and improves blood sugar levels. Cloves are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.  They are high in manganese and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Nutmeg is also anti-bacterial and good for the heart.

 

Spiced Apple Cider

Ingredients

  • 2 L apple cider
  • 3-4 all spice berries
  • 2 star anise
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (or 1 tsp of ground cinnamon)
  • 1 orange

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium-high heat (except orange)
  2. Cut orange in half and squeeze the juice of half of the orange in the saucepan
  3. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until all the spices have released their flavor (approx 30 min)

Serves: 8

Prep Time and Cook Time: 35 min

recipe courtesy of my dear friend sheeva!