Mulled Apple Cider
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To celebrate this holiday season, Carol from Victoria Driftwood and I thought we would make some hot mulled apple cider together. By adding some rosehip and hibiscus tea the apple cider turns a festive red colour and then we garnished it with some green granny smith apples and lime. Let us know if you decide to make the festive hot mulled apple cider and tag us in your photos on instagram: @drmelissawest and @victoriadriftwood
Festive Hot Mulled Apple Cider Recipe
- 4 to 5 whole cinnamon sticks
- 2 slices of ginger
- 1 -2 whole cloves
- (Optional: several anise star pods, gives a hint of licorice)
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 granny smith apple, sliced
- Pinch of salt
- 1 gallon apple cider or apple juice
- 1/2 gallon rosehip and hibiscus tea (to make the cider red)
- Place all of the ingredients into a pot.
- Bring mixture to just under the boiling point.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Pour into mugs.
- Optional: garnish with whole cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, anise star pod, thinly sliced apples.
Cinnamon: lowers your blood sugar levels as it decreases the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. Also cinnamon is good for your brain 🙂 Neurodegenerative diseases such as alzheimer’s and parkinson’s are characterized by progressive loss of the structure or function of brain cells. Two compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (19, 20, 21). In a study looking at mice with Parkinson’s disease, cinnamon helped to protect neurons, normalize neurotransmitter levels and improve motor function (22).
These effects need to be studied further in humans. (Link to 10 benefits of Cinnamon)
Cloves: Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include providing aid in digestion, having antimicrobial properties, fighting against cancer, protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, controlling diabetes, preserving bone quality, and containing anti-mutagenic properties, as well as fighting against oral diseases and headaches, while displaying aphrodisiac properties as well.
Anise: is used for for asthma, bronchitis cough as well as digestive disorders such as flatulence, bloating, colicky stomach pain, nausea and indigestion.
Limes: is well known for its vitamin C it was used to treat scurvy. 1 lime has 48% of your daily recommended vitamin C
Apples: We’re constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. Many doctors are skeptical of fad detox diets, saying they have the potential to do more harm than good. Luckily, one of the best – and easiest – things you can eat to help detoxify your liver is fruits – like apples.
Hibiscus: helps reduce anxiety and depression, provides relief from menstrual cramps, aids in blood pressure management
Rosehips: helps to reduce age spots, reduces inflammation in your body – if you have osteoarthritis drinking rosehip tea can be helpful, because of its high vitamin C content it boosts your immune system