Hot Berry Cider

The Spatularettes are firm believers in celebrating one holiday at a time.  We are not fans of walking into the mall and seeing the Christmas decorations intermingled with Halloween.  The most wonderful time of the year and the scariest time of the year DO NOT MIX.  But now that Thanksgiving has passed and December has begun, we couldn’t be more ready for the Christmas season!  Because of our busy work and school schedules, The Spatularettes will not be heading “home for the holidays” until Christmas is literally upon us.  Therefore, we are dedicating this month to bringing some of the comforts of our childhood Christmases to our new homes in the city.  We’ll share some of our favorite family recipes and traditions as well as some new treats that we’ll be serving up at holiday parties this season.  We could think of no better way to kick off a month of celebration than with Tall One’s mom’s (Tall Mom?) recipe for Hot Berry Cider!  Whip up a batch and let it simmer in the crock pot all day.  Your kitchen will smell like Christmas and …… 
INGREDIENTS
-1 gallon apple cider
-4 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
-8 sticks cinnamon
-4 tsp whole cloves
In a large pot on the stove top, mix all ingredients together and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.  Use whatever berries you can find easily and cheaply since December isn’t exactly berry season.  Tall One’s mom usually uses 4 cups of strawberries that she picked and froze the previous summer.  The Spatularettes used 2 cups of fresh strawberries, 1 cup of fresh raspberries, and 1 cup of fresh blueberries.  It is delicious any way.  Once the berries have started to cook down, run the cider through a sieve in order to strain out the seeds and spices.  Keep warm in crock pot or on the stove top. 
Looking for a little kick?  Add 1 cup apple brandy after straining the cider.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick or apple slice when serving to guests.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and thanks to this recipe it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas too!
XOXO,
Tall and Small
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