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Tish’s Fave Holiday Recipe: Mo’s Apple Cider

This Question of the Week is coming straight from our table to yours! Every Friday for the next month, each FBG will be sharing her favorite healthy holiday recipe! 


The first year I brought my husband back to the Midwest for Christmas he caught a cold and couldn’t really stomach any of the Christmas sweets that my darling mother, who I lovingly refer to as “Mo,” had baked up. That is until he caught whiff of her famous apple cider simmering on the stove. I have never seen a man drink that much juice in my entire life. He went through two large bottles!

Something about the orange slices makes this drink magical. You really do feel a Christmas zeal shoot up through your veins. (Okay, so it’s the vitamin C, but let’s pretend for a second, mmmkay, pumpkin?) The next time you want to sip Christmas in a cup, try this out!

Mo’s Apple Cider Recipe

1 bottle of apple juice*
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange cut into slices

1. Grab a big wide pot and pour juice in.

2. Add the sticks and orange slices.

3. Let the merriment simmer on the stove until it’s warm.

4. Pour into fun mugs and enjoy!

*Note: I prefer organic apple juice, but anything will do. As you can see from the pic above, Mark picked up the first durn apple juice he could find. Made my butt twitch a bit when I saw the amount of sugar in that puppy, but it’s a Christmas treat. Everything in moderation!

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Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit Martha Stewart-ish, I add a teaspoon or two of pumpkin-pie spice to the pot as it simmers, but I guarantee it’ll be fine without. I make this every year for Mark now. I put it all in the pot, and let it simmer for hours. It makes the house smell amazing, so it does double holiday duty.

What about you? Are you a devout eggnog drinker? Or do you have another holiday goodie like me that you sip on each holiday season? —Tish

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