Move over, apple cider. There’s a new cider on the block, and it’s just in time to add warmth and spice to your chilly Autumn events. This blackberry-infused cider takes everything you love about crisp apple cider and improves on it with seasonal berries, fresh citrus, and whole spices.
It’s the perfect relaxer after a busy day of holiday shopping, or to put you in the mood while wrapping gifts. The aroma alone will lift your spirits before you even get to the taste.
Of course, a drink this delicious should be shared, especially during the holidays. Whip up a batch for a memorable contribution to the office party (it tastes just as good when it’s spiked with rum), or serve it to your family around the tree on Christmas Eve.
If you have any left over (which would be a shocker), you can chill the blackberry cider and drink it with ice when you want a cool refresher. One thing’s for sure: you won’t soon go back to plain apple cider.
Hot Blackberry Cider Recipe
- 6 whole cinnamon sticks, for garnish
- 64 oz. apple cider
- 1 package (6 ounces or 1 1/3 cups) Driscoll’s Blackberries
- 7 orange slices, 3 reserved for garnish
- 4 dashes ground cinnamon
- 2 star anise
Remove 6 blackberries from container and set aside for garnish. Bring apple cider, remaining blackberries, 4 orange slices, cinnamon and star anise to a boil in a large saucepan. Let simmer until the blackberries lose color. Strain and transfer to a pitcher or bottle. Pour into 6 glasses or mugs. Garnish with a blackberry, cinnamon stick, and remaining orange wheels cut into halves. (May also chill and serve cold.)
Recipe adapted from and courtesy of Driscoll’s Berries.