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Fall is Cider Season: Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

by Em Keen
Sugar free apple cider

​Photo: Healthful Pursuit

Nothing warms you up from the inside out quite like a hot cup of homemade apple cider. We found the perfect recipe for a morning drink to sip while you map out your day. Add a little bit of rum and you’re set for a fun night out. The combination of superfoods in this delicious rendition of fall’s favorite hot beverage from Healthful Pursuit means it’s loaded with health and beauty benefits, too.



4 cups freshly made apple juice (from the juice of four to six apples)
5 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cardamom pods
2 Chinese star anise
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
½ tsp fresh lemon zest
½ orange thinly slices


  1. ​Juice apples and place completed juice in a medium-sized saucepan
  2. Add cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, anise, ginger and lemon zest
  3. Cover and heat on low-medium heat for 20 minutes. The mixture doesn’t need to boil, just warm (up to about 170 degrees F)
  4. Add orange slices during the last 5 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and strainServe immediately

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