Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights offers a fun-for-all experience in the Hudson Valley throughout the year. In fall, stop by for pick-your-own apples, peaches, and pumpkins. Then, once winter arrives, head to the farm for one of the best Christmas tree experiences in Westchester. The trees are abundant, the staff is helpful, and the onsite bakery serves up mouthwatering treats all day long. The hot cider, free for anyone purchasing a tree, is particularly fragrant and delicious. Best of all, Wilkens shares the recipe with anyone who wants it, so it can be savored at home throughout the holiday season.
Ready to make it? All you’ll need to craft hot cider at home is a gallon of apple cider (local is best, of course), a drizzle of honey, a splash of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and cloves. From there, a quick 10-minute simmer will make your house smell wonderful and leave you with a freshly brewed pot of cider that the whole family will love.
Makes 16 cups
1 gallon apple cider
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cloves
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Serve hot.
P.S. Looking for more fall and winter drink recipes? For a drink that will make you feel warm and cozy, go for this Old Fashioned or this Irish coffee. For something a bit more traditional, this vegan eggnog will please a crowd. And for something that’s booze-free, these non-alcoholic cocktails are highly delicious.
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