Warm Pear Cinnamon Cider
Holiday cheer is near! Time to start bundling up, warming our hearts and snuggling up with warm soul food. Today I am using one of my fave of all time fall fruits, the powerful, passionate pear. Its subtle in its sweetness, so it soaks up all the spicy notes of the cinnamon, cloves, and anise plus bringing out its PEAR-fact flavor to make a comforting cider. Break out Grammys tea set, throw a log in the fireplace, tuck into a fuzzy throw blanket because it is the most wonderful time of the year!
4 Cups of Pear Juice or Nectar- unsweetened. I love Bai if you want to use a slightly sweetened and antioxidant infused super juice.
Alternatively, if you want to go entirely natural peel, core and slice about eight pears, pour water over to cover them and then add an extra hour of cooking. When all the ingredients cook together, it is simply aromatic, and you will feel the warmth of the holiday season throughout your home.
Strain liquid through a sieve or cheesecloth to retrieve the juice minus the pulp.
4 Whole Cloves
4 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Star Anise
1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lemon
4 Tbs. Organic Brown Sugar- if you prefer unsweetened then omit. You can always sweeten after with your sweetener of choice.
Bring all ingrediants to a boil in a large pot. Simmer for 30 minutes. Pour into your favorite mug with a cinnamon stick, and a pinch of ground cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Store extra in a mason jar in the fridge to sip cider throughout the season.
Happy Holidays Food Athletes!
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Love Your Body,
xo Jessi (Your Food Athlete Coach) xo