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Summer Cider [Recipe]

Today began with every intention on my part of making a nice, cold summery drink to put on here for you all to enjoy.  That is until I stepped outside; where there was WIND, and RAIN, and COLD!!!!
I don’t know how it is where you live, but I just couldn’t bring myself, on a day like this, to post about cold beverages.  So, instead, I took a perusal through the grocery store aisles and let myself dream a little. 

Have you ever noticed how many bazillions of kinds of juice there are out there??  There are pure juices, juice blends, fruit nectars, and the list goes on and on.  It’s a little excessive perhaps, though I confess – Dreaming in the juice aisle is a pretty fun thing to do.
Personally, I love fruit nectars.  I think they are delicious, especially when they’re peach, apricot, or mango nectars.  Today I came across a new one that I hadn’t seen before – Sour cherry nectar.  YUM!  Needless to say, I bought it.

Today’s recipe is a variation on my fall favorite, apple cider.  You could technically make an autumn tasting drink out of this by adding regular mulling spices, like cinnamon and cloves.  However, since this is made with a variety of summer fruit juices, and since we’re just on the brink of summer now, I wanted to make this taste a little more suited to the season.  And so, I give you… Summer Cider.
Summer Cider
Makes 2 servings
Ingredients:
1 c. sour cherry nectar or cranberry juice
1 c. peach or apricot nectar
8 whole allspice
Fresh fruit to garnish, optional

Combine the juices and allspice in a small pot; warm on the stove top until it comes nearly to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. 

Remove the allspice, pour into mugs, and enjoy!  Garnish with fresh fruit if desired.  Serve hot.

There.  That wasn’t too hard, was it?

Juicy.  🙂
(And pretty too.) 
Enjoy!  Let me know if you make this, and of course, feel free to mix up the juices – I’d love to hear what you come up with.
Back soon,
–Naomi

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