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On a clear, crisp, wintery Friday, Jordan and I arrived at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, WA for a weekend of wine tasting. Little did I know the complimentary cider offered in the lodge’s lobby would be my favorite beverage consumed all weekend. Warm, delicious, (and alcohol free!) this cider swept me away and made the feel of the lodge even cozier than it already was. Lucky for us, the recipe for the cider was right there, waiting for me to make it whenever I was ready to revisit the taste and feel of our amazing weekend. This time, I added the *optional* Spiced Rum, because we were at home and not going anywhere anyways!

Willows Lodge Hot Cider

  • 1 gallon fresh apple juice
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Spiced Rum or Brandy, to taste
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups maple syrup
  • 3 fresh sliced oranges
Simmer for 30 minutes and garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Voila! Winter time cozy goodness achieved.
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