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Hot Apple Chai-der (Chai Cider)

Warm up with a mug of Hot Apple Chai-der, a mix of apple cider and chai tea.

I love apple cider, but drinking it straight can get a little too sweet for me. Diluting the cider with water cuts calories. Steeping it with spices and black tea adds flavor. I don’t add sweetener because I enjoy tart drinks. If you like a touch of sweetness use a natural sweetener like pure maple syrup or honey.

Hot Apple Chai-der (Chai Cider)
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon crystallized ginger
5 whole black peppercorns
2 green cardamom pods, crushed
2 English breakfast black tea bags

In a medium saucepan combine water, apple cider, cinnamon stick, ginger, peppercorns and cardamom. Heat over medium heat until just beginning to boil. Reduce heat; simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove cider mixture from heat. Add tea bags; steep for 3 minutes then remove tea bags. Strain cider mixture; discard spices. Serve in mugs.

Makes 2 servings (2 cups total)

Tip: Be sure to crush the cardamom pods to release the fragrant seeds.

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