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Citrus Caramel Apple Cider

It’s December, and that means it’s the season for twinkly lights, yummy food, gatherings and good drinks.

Obviously, a bunch of those things will not be happening this year, but I’d argue that this year, more than ever, we need some extra cheer.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this in your neighbourhood, but it seems like people are putting up Christmas lights and decorating earlier than ever. I get it. We all need some cheer, and more than that, something to look forward to.

Parties (unless they’re virtual) will be a thing of the past this year, but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to at least eat Christmas dinner with a small group of family. I’ve also booked a staycation on the Island for Michael and I, though we both know it’s very possible that may be cancelled.

Citrus Caramel Apple Cider

We are badly in need of Christmas cheer, and I have just the thing.

I recently attended a virtual workshop put on by Simply Bare Organics, where we made three different cider recipes. This one was my favourite, and Michael really loved it, too.

It’s a citrusy mulled cider with a sweet kick.

You could, by the way, make this more adult by adding booze. I would consider rum, bourbon, or something orangey like Grand Marnier to play off of the citrus notes in the cider.

It makes for a very pretty drink when you use a transparent glass to serve (I am loving these new double-walled glasses I recently bought), and drizzle the inside of the glass with the caramel before you pour in the cider.

For this recipe, we just melted down regular caramels over a double boiler, but you could also use a bottled caramel sauce or you could even make you own. You just want the consistency to be thick enough that it sticks to the walls of the glass, at least for a while, before dissolving.

One last thing: this would make a great virtual Christmas activity to do with family or friends. Just buy multiple ingredients, then put together boxes, one for each household, and drop them off. Then book a zoom date when all of you can make the cider and enjoy it together virtually.

Citrus Caramel Apple Cider

recipe courtesy of Travis Peterson for Simply Bare Organics

Makes one serving


  • 12 oz apple cider (I love Taves)
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 vanilla pod, split
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • caramel to drizzle


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, place the cider, sugar, orange juice, lemon and spices. Bring up to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered.
  3. An alternate way to do this is to put all the ingredients into a slow cooker (in this case, quadruple the recipe and make multiple servings), and allow to cook on low for about an hour.
  4. Melt the caramel over a double boiler, if using solid caramel. Drizzle the inside of a pretty glass with the caramel drizzle/sauce.
  5. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the cider into the glass.
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.


Coconut Ginger Matcha Iced Tea


It’s early morning as I type this, and I’m in bed with my laptop and the cat on one side and cup of coffee on the other. 

No stories today. No origins or inspirations. 

You see, I’m tired. 

For me, January to July is a marathon. In that space of time, I teach 6 classes, and at the same time, I write and schedule hundreds of blog posts, tweets, Instagrams, Facebook posts, and then there’s the YouTube videos to film and publish. 

Coconut Ginger Matcha Iced Tea

It’s time for a rest. 

I had this one last YouTube video that I published last week, so I’m sharing it with you today, and then I’m off to have some adventures (which, if I’m being honest, I will probably record and document and publish, because adventures = inspiration). 

So, today’s recipe is a simple but super refreshing summer drink. It’s an iced tea inspired by the flavour of coconut. 

If you love coconut water, you’ll love this recipe. It dances with flavours of coconut and ginger, perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 

Catch you on the flip-side! 

Coconut Ginger Matcha Iced Tea


  • 1 Coconut Ginger Matcha tea bag (from Four o’clock Tea)
  • simple syrup to sweeten to taste
  • coconut water
  • ice



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