Cooking for Wellness

Spiced Hot Cider

Dec. 7, 2016

Warm apple cider is the perfect winter comfort drink. This special version combines two potent spices, ginger and turmeric for a unique flavor and nutrition profile.  Fresh ginger, for example, contains a pungent substance called gingerol while turmeric gets it characteristic yellow hue from the class of cancer-fighting compounds, curcuminoids. Both are being studied for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

spiced ciderYields:

  • 8 cups


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups water
  • 3”  cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2”  fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 6 slices
  • 1 tsp turmeric, optional


  1. 1½-inch by 1/2-inch strip lemon peel, white part included
  2. In a saucepan, combine cider, water, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric and lemon peel. Over medium-high heat, heat until ring of bubbles appears around edge of pan, 3 minutes. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour hot-spiced cider through fine tea strainer into mugs. Serve immediately. Garnish with cinnamon stick or lemon peel.