Are you cold? Huh? Are ya? The weather has been a lot cooler lately, and I just want to keep myself warm with some kind of wintery drink while eating soup and watching any Santa movie available on TV. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to indulge in all three wishes, so I am happy to settle for one, the wintery drink.
As you know I am Asian (duh!), I can’t help but putting a spin on anything western-y. Hot apple cider has been the drink I prefer during this time of year, but lately, I have been obsessing over brown rice vinegar that I wanted to try adding to the drink. I must say I like my version very much.
If you’re still not convinced about the drink, I have more to tell you. Here are the benefits of brown rice vinegar, and here are for apple cider vinegar. Not only this drink will keep you warm, but it will also add to your well-being. You can find brown rice vinegar at any asian market. If you are new to it, when making this drink for the first time, try the ratio 1:2 (brown rice vinegar/apple cider vinegar) at first. If you like it, you can add more as per the recipe. I hope that you are interested now, right?
Imagine sipping this warm wintery drink on your Christmas morning while opening all the gifts. Wouldn’t that be the best tradition to hold on to? Christmas is right around the corner, and I hope you consider this drink during your holiday season. Enjoy.
- 3 cups brown rice vinegar
- 3 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup apple syrup, more if needed
- 2 cinnamon sticks, more if needed
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon cinchona bark cut (option)
- 1 orange peel
- Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel
- and cinchona bark cut in the cheesecloth; tie it up with a string.
- Set aside
- Warm both vinegars and apple syrup in a large stainless
- steel saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, then drop
- the spice bundle into the cider mixture. Be careful NOT to let it
- boiled. Adjust the heat to low & let it steeped for another 10
- minutes. Taste & adjust to your liking; you may add more apple
- syrup or let it steeped even longer.
- Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle
- the cider into mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving
- to make it fancy. 🙂 (make 5-6 cups)
- Thinly sliced apples may be added to each mug just before
- serving along with a fresh cinnamon stick.
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 cup fresh apple juice
- Sterilized jar (s)
- To sterilize the jar, submerge it in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Let dry on a wire rack.
- Warm sugar and juice in a saucepan over low heat; stir occasionally until all sugar has been dissolved. Keep simmering for 15-20 minutes. Bring to boil, then remove from heat & let cool completely. Keep it in a sterlized jar in the refrigerator for up to a month. (make 3 cups)
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