I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and to share some lates X-mas rules of mine: 1) calories eaten during December don’t count, 2) the best exercise for arms is an interval popcorn eating on the couch, 3) a hot drink in your hands is an essential remedy against x-mas madness. And FYI, it’s even better when this drink is a hot and spicy apple cider punch with a touch of Calvados. Trust me, an average cold and rainy day in Hamburg, never felt better.
Why apple punch? I recently got back from Vienna where I visited a dear friend of mine. Vienna is amazing this time of the year! So illuminated, so heavenly infused with the aromas of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and so much fun.
See, I love apples! Do you know a saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, I eat at least three apples a day, because I LOVE apples (and also to make sure that ALL the doctors are being kept away and for good! So very naturally for me, an ‘appleholic’, an idea of an apple being combined with cinnamon, ginger and orange zest was a big yes.
So here I am, in my kitchen, performing pure X-Mas magic over the pot of simmering apple punch. Try it, and I guarantee that just in 15 minutes you will feel warmer, happier and more positive and relax about the X-Mas craziness. Not to mention that my version of apple punch is very low in sugar which makes it super attractive in comparison to the overly sweet market version.
- 2 cups of apple cider (in my case Apfel wine, a Frankfurt specialty)
- 1 cup of apple juice
- juice of 1/2 of orange
- 1 teaspoon of orange zest
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 anise stars
- 1 slice of peeled ginger
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 50 ml of Calvados, or to taste
- In a pot stir together the cider, apple and orange juice, cinnamon pieces, anise stars, ginger, orange zest and sliced apple. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.
- Stir in Calvados and maple syrup, mix well.
- Serve immediately.