Do y’all have your Thanksgiving menus finalized yet? Mine is getting there, though I’m not hitting up the grocery until tomorrow morning (I know, I know, I might be crazy.) Today’s recipe kicks off a fun series that will go from now ’til December 25th: 12 Tastes of Christmas will feature holiday entertaining recipes created just for you by some of our favorite food bloggers on the planet (can’t wait to unveil the lineup!!) Thought I’d start things off with a recipe that’s just as fitting for Thanksgiving festivities, and is simple enough to add to the mix at the last minute. Trays of this Ginger-Spiced Cider are such a heartwarming way to greet guests at the door. Serve it as-is for little ones, or spiked for adults…either way, one whiff of this cider simmering on the stove, and major holiday cheer will ensue. Keep reading for the recipe:

Ginger-Spiced Cider


  • 12 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Peel from 1 orange, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 small pieces of peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups brandy (only if you want to give it a kick!)
Mix first 7 ingredients in large saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture 30 minutes to blend flavors. Strain cider into mugs, and serve with a dash of brandy, if desired.
*photo by Mike Bullock

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Comments (13)
  1. 1
    Priscilla Joy November 22, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Oh this sounds delicious!

    Am indeed looking forward to the seasons magic in NYC.

    Have a great day.


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    Allison { TAYLOR MOSELEY } November 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I love holiday drinks- especially when they are spiked. 😉

    Growing up, my aunt would bring “children’s wine” to our house (which was just sparkling grape juice.) But that’s what my family called it. As a kid, it was very exciting.

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    Plain & Fancy Living November 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Sounds delish! I am excited to see the rest of this series:) I went to the grocery last night but I will have to go again.

    Amy R.

    • Camille Styles November 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

      We have some awesome bloggers on the calendar for this series: Rosie from Sweetapolita, Helene from Tartelette, Lisa from With Style & Grace, Jess from Forgiving Martha, and more!! So excited for the coming month!

  4. 4
    Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love November 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Yum! I have to make this for our Thanksgiving Dinner.

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    Emma Galloway November 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

    This looks perfect for the cooler weather you’re all getting right now in the northern hemisphere 🙂 We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in Australia, but I hope you had a great one.