When life gives you miniature apples….make cider silly!

I have recently relocated to Ashland, Oregon and my hubby found the sweetest little two story prewar rental for us that fits me like panna cotta in a tea cup!  The yard came with some rouge blackberry bushes as well as a yellow plum and apple trees that have been sadly neglected over the years.  This is apple tree is trying so hard to produce fruit but only bore us little mini apples.  I thought it would be sad if I didn’t try to make something with all the effort that little tree gave.  The apples were stunningly sweet and so I knew I had to make some of my favorite hot apple cider.



  • 1 gallon non-filtered apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon tea bags
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • The juice from two oranges and lemons
  • Slices of 1/2 an orange and 1/2 a lemon for garnish



Place all juices in a stock pot and bring to a boil add spices and tea bags and take cider heat down to a simmer. A great tip is to place the tea and spices in a sachet and place in the pot to keep all the goodies contained in the cooking vessel and not in your guests glasses.



Once the cider has mingled with the tea and spices for at least 15 minutes serve to your guests in a hot mug with or without a splash of whiskey or rum for add fun!


About marcellaroses

I love to entertain, to create things from scratch, come up with new ways to do things and sharing how easy and simple it all is! I'm a baker, a maker, a cooking innovator, a cleaner and a dreamer and one great entertainer! I hope you will join me and together we can cook up some fun!

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