Chai Spiced Apple Cider

Posted on 18 November 2010 | 11 comments | share this

There is a sheet of grey hanging outside my window today, drifts of mushy brown leaves on every corner and rain that just won’t quit.  It is not the most inspiring day out there and I fear there are many more days like this in my future.  I guess that leaves lots of time for cooking and blogging?

Despite the weather there are many good things about today, like the fact I have a roof over my head, a cozy place to hide from the weather, chai spiced apple cider and maybe a cute little ginger cookie or two to wash away these dreary clouds.

As you could probably guess based on the cinnamon and ginger theme running through the blog, one of my favourite hot drinks is chai tea.  I like all types of chai but have a particular love for an herbal one from Silk Road Tea.  I always stock up when I am in Victoria, especially during the colder months. If I have been particularly good, Santa has been known to leave some in my stocking at Christmas.  It is the perfect blend of dried spices: ginger, cinnamon, anise seed, cardamom and allspice.  That’s it, that’s all.

While there are lots of tempting calorific holiday drinks out there at this time of year, gingerbread this and candy cane that, who really knows what is in those?  Probably lots of sugar and well the rest is really anyone’s guess.  Why not cozy up to some naturally sweet apple juice warmed with spices instead.  Super simple and really tasty.

I don’t tend to drink juice but every year around this time I get a craving for the amazing freshly pressed apple juice at the farmers’ market.  The one I got this year is from an organic orchard on Denman Island called Apple Lane Orchard.  The ingredients: pressed organic apples.  And that is exactly what it tastes like, perfectly ripe and sweet apples.  The label says it is a blend of many heritage and other fine varieties of apples, sign me up!

There are also some good brands at the grocery store, just be sure to read the label to make sure it is just apple juice and nothing else.

If you don’t have a chai spice blend, just make your own.  Add whatever spices you like to your pot along with your apple juice.  I have provided a recipe of sorts but really this one is up to you.  Be creative, use what you have on hand.  A cinnamon stick and some good apple juice and you are set.  No reason not to make this to warm up your loved ones on a cold day.

Chai Spiced Apple Cider

This is really just a rough guideline for those of you that like to have a recipe. Use any combination of the spices below in the amounts you desire.

Serves 4

1 litre good quality cloudy apple juice

1 cinnamon stick

4 cardamom pods

4 whole allspice or cloves

Pinch anise seeds

1 cinnamon stick

A slice of fresh ginger

Note: If you have a chai spice mix like the one from Silk Road, use a rounded tablespoon for 1 litre of juice.

Place the apple juice and spices in a pot. Warm over medium heat until steaming hot. Turn off the heat and let it sit with the lid on for 3-5 minutes to let the spices steep into the juice.

Strain off the spices and serve hot in your favourite mug.



  • I love those pictures, so cozy! Only thing is, I can’t try the recipe yet because we are in a hotel room in Calgary looking out at the sparkly drifts of snow. Will definitely give it a try when we get home!

  • and how about that recipe for the oh-so-perfect looking ginger cookie? 🙂

  • Love the posting and the photos. Look forward to more, and glad you are enjoying our Herbal Chai Tea.
    Silk Road Tea

  • Thank you Silk Road. I am sure I will be in to the store over the holidays to stock up.

  • I was just thinking of quickly making up some chai to take to work instead of coffee this morning and you’ve convinced me! If only I had apple juice on hand 🙁 Oh well, next time!

  • That’s great Kelly. I am taking a break from coffee myself, chai is a great alternative as it is rich tasting and warming. I have also been having matcha which has been a great substitute for coffee.

  • Beautiful photos – and the recipe sounds delicious! I picked up some of the Herbal Chai from Silk Road recently (I’m also in Calgary, but just got back from Vancouver Island) and it’s fantastic! I’m doing up my own little blog post about it, and hope you don’t mind me sending a link your way!

  • Hi Dawn,

    Yes, Silk Road is certainly a favourite of mine. Thanks for stopping by the blog and enjoy your tea.

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