Hot Apple Cider in the Spring?

Why yes…. And let me tell you why.  Spring weather can be a bit all of the place.  It can easily go from a brisk, chilly day to a piping hot day.  If you have been experiencing Spring weather like we have then having a yummy cup of apple cider can be a comforting and fun idea for your kids.

Plus this recipe for Orange Apple Cider gives a bit tropical twist that can be served warm or cold.   Let me share with you how this recipe is great for your little chef to practice knife skills as well as experiment with different flavors.

Orange Apple Cider

Start by cutting oranges into thin slices.  This is your little chef’s chance to practice the “claw” and the “pinch grip”.  Click HERE to find out more about those knife safety tips to keep your kids safe in the kitchen.

Orange Apple Cider

Then add your orange slices and a gallon of apple cider in large pot.

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Orange Apple Cider

Here’s where the fun begins.  Have your little chef experiment with different flavors to make this recipe their own.  My little chef wanted to add cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and nutmeg.  Other flavors to consider: Cloves, Allspice, Brown Sugar, or a club soda to make it a Sparkling Apple Cider.


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Let simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes.  Pour in your favorite cup or mug.  You can serve with or without whipped cream.  Guess which way my little chef chose.Orange Apple Cider Collage

You can place the remaining cider in a pitcher and chill in the refrigerator to serve for later. Check out our recipe and let us know how you change it up to make it your own.

Keep reading for the full recipe plus 9 other kid-friendly recipes from my blogger friends who love to cook with their kids.

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  • Diana Johnson @ Eating Richly Even When You're Broke

    Oh this sounds so good right now! I haven’t had my mini chef make drinks yet. That’s a really great idea! Mine would definitely choose whipped cream as well.

  • Courtney

    What a delicious and comforting recipe! 🙂 Must ask my mini chef to make it for us 😉

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Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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