Spiced Apple Cider

Being from Massachusetts, apple cider is very near and dear to my heart. There are apple orchards everywhere, and autumn means going and picking some. Sure, you get to leave with a giant bag of hand-chosen apples to make into pies and sauce or just eat when it suits your fancy. But the best part of going to an orchard is the fresh apple doughnuts and hot, spiced apple cider. This year I got a little homesick, so I decided to make some of the cider myself. I haven’t figured out the perfect doughnuts yet, but maybe that’ll be another post. For now, though, all the tastes of a New England autumn are wrapped up in this tasty cider.

3 cups apple cider
4 whole star anise
2 whole cinnamon sticks
2 lemons, zested and juiced
4 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


In the inner pot of the rice cooker, stir together the apple cider, star anise, and cinnamon stick; press the Steam button and leave the lid open. Once the mixture comes to a boil, cook for 2-3 minutes so the flavors can combine. Turn off the rice cooker and stir in the lemon juice and maple syrup. Ladle the cider into mugs and garnish with some lemon zest, a cinnamon stick and optional apple slices. Clink your glasses together, say “cheers!” and enjoy!

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