Easy Spiced Apple Cider

This Spiced Apple Cider is classic and super easy. You will be making it all season long! {Brittany's Pantry}Greetings! Hello again to the second installment of Reindeer Recipes Blog Hop! If you found me after stopping by Life At Lydia’s House, then welcome! Her post about Christmas in the Dining Room is amazing and I am happy you followed the hop to get here!

Is there anything more comforting than something hot to sip on a chilly day?

My current situation absolutely warrants this drink, and I will tell you why. Imagine if you will…img_7694
A blonde, curly haired little boy with gigantic blue eyes. And I mean blue. Like, super blue. Like, romance novel blue. He gets them from his Dad who has-you guessed it-dreamy blue eyes. *sigh* But I digress…

This little boy is curled up next to you on your old, yet comfortably squishy couch, wrapped in a red and white Christmas blanket. As requested by said adorable boy, all the lights are off in the house, with the exception of those on the Christmas tree. Why? “Because its better that way,” he states matter-of-factly. You don’t argue.

Your laptop is balanced on your lap (no pun intended) and you are typing one handed because little boys like to snuggle and one of your arms is being held hostage inside the Christmas blanket. The little boy is sniffing and snuffling, fighting a cold that makes his nose run and his eyes watery. He’s droopy and tired and barely paying attention to the iPad balanced on HIS lap that is playing the same episode of the Octonauts over and over for an hour and a half. He will be asleep in a few minutes and you don’t plan on disrupting that for anything in the world. At the ripe old age of 4, these quiet (read: still) moments with him are few and far between. You glance out the window and see that it is still raining, as it has been for the last several days. Your house is tucked into a massive forest in the middle of South Carolina, and the last of the fall leaves are coming down with every heavy drop that falls from the sky. Its overcast and wet and dark and damp and cold. Miserable.

But then, with your one free hand, you reach over and grab your favorite mug which is sitting on the side table next to the couch. Its hot and steaming. You raise it to your lips and inhale the scent of cinnamon and clove. A few big sips and the tangy apple sweetness spreads warmth all the way down to your toes. You sink just a bit deeper into that couch and gently rest your chin on top of the your curly haired munchkin.

Best day ever?

It just might be.

And THAT is why you need to make this Spiced Apple Cider! 🙂
This Spiced Apple Cider is classic and super easy. You will be making it all season long! {Brittany's Pantry}Spiced Apple Cider
This is an updated version of a previous post.
Apple cider usually comes in quart, half gallon, or gallon jugs. Adjust the ingredients based on how much cider you are making!

half gallon of good apple cider (maybe from your local orchard?)
1/2 c brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp of WHOLE cloves

Heat all ingredients in a large sauce pan over low heat until sugar dissolves and it all is steaming. Add more sugar if needed! Enjoy!

Note: There are so many different ways to change this. Use honey or pure maple syrup instead of brown sugar, but taste as you go. The level of sweetness you prefer and what you cider may need is different depending on what you use. You can use ground cinnamon instead, but add a bit at a time to figure our how much you want. Adding the peel of an orange (just the peel-no white pith) gives great flavor, or even a shot of orange juice if you want. And nothing was ever harmed by adding a glug of jarred carmel sauce to it. Experiment and see what you like! Also, feel free to use the crock pot if you are serving a crowd and are low on stove top space.

Reindeer-Recipes-Blog-Hop-Brittany's-PantryDon’t miss a thing! Check out all the other posts as we celebrate the Christmas season!

Tamyra at Positively Southern
Shelly at ConfettiStyle
Marsha at M Jones Style
Gwynn Swirls of Flavor
Lisa at Cluttercafe
Pat at Life at Lydia’s House
Brittany at Brittany’s Pantry-You are here!
Heather at Totally Tailgates


Happy holidays, friends! Just a quick post to let you know that yours truly is featured over at MJonesStyle!

Marsha has been showcasing bloggers and their recipes in a special Kitchen Keeping series. Fun questions and photos of our kitchens, along with an exclusive recipe! My Maple Cranberry Cornmeal Coffee Cake, only released in my new eCookbook, is now on her site! Click here to get all the details!

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Olive Tapenade & Reindeer Recipes Blog Hop


Reindeer-Recipes-Blog-Hop-Brittany's-PantryThis holiday season I am thrilled to be a part of a blogger series called Reindeer Recipes! If you are joining me from over at Life At Lydia’s House, then WELCOME! If not, be sure to head back and see all the details of her holiday post on making a winter beverage station. There is so much going on for this blog hop, you will want to check out ALL the sites involved! Scroll to the bottom of this post for an entire list of all the incredible women participating.

How does a blog hop work? Simple! Every site involved posts a link to the next site on the tour and you ‘hop’ from one great blog to the next, ensuring you don’t miss any of the good stuff! This blog hop will happen three times, as noted on the dates in the pic above, so be sure to check back often! All the posts are centered around the HOLIDAYS! Gorgeous photography and lots of recipes and ideas are waiting for you!

Today I am sharing a recipe with you that is included in my new eBook, Cooking Through The Holidays! Olive Tapenade is ridiculously quick to whip up. For those of you who snub your nose at olives, I get it. They aren’t for everyone. That said, this classic spread is so easy and so simple it just may become a new staple in your entertaining repertoire! A really good crusty french bread is the other half of this wonderfulness but feel free to experiment with different scoopers! Humble ingredients create this velvety, salty, briny spread that looks much more fancy than it is. It lasts for forEVER stored in the refrigerator so you can enjoy it long after the crusty bread runs out.

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This easy Olive Tapenade is perfect for holiday gatherings! One of the great recipes in my new Ebook, Cooking Through The Holidays! {Brittany's Pantry}

Simple Olive Tapenade
Tapenade is incredibly versatile so be sure to enjoy it (and serve it) as you like! A bit to garnish a classic deviled egg is as tasty as it is gorgeous. You can smear it on a sandwich or dollop it on a hot dog! I have a friend who swears it is the best when eaten with plain potato chips and the crunchy garlic bagel chips are exceptional scoopers.

1-14 oz can black olives, drained
1 c green olives (with pimento) drained
1/4 c capers, drained
1/4 to 1/2 c good extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Start with 1/4 c of oil and then add it as you need it to achieve desired consistency. Pulse until the ingredients are chopped fine, but not smooth like mush. It should be spreadable, but not super thick and not soupy. Taste for seasoning and add pepper to your liking. Store tightly sealed in the fridge and serve at room temperature with lots of crusty bread! Garnish with an extra drizzle of oil and a few whole capers, if desired.

Heather over at Totally Tailgates is the next blogger in the list so be sure to click over and see what awesomeness she has in store!


Don’t miss a thing! Check out all the other posts as we celebrate the Christmas season!

Tamyra at Positively Southern

Shelly at ConfettiStyle

Marsha at M Jones Style

Gwynn Swirls of Flavor

Lisa at Cluttercafe

Pat at Life at Lydia’s House

Brittany at Brittany’s Pantry-You are here!

Heather at Totally Tailgates