Kitchener Naturopath shares recipe for Autumn-Inspired Spiced Apple Cider

Autumn-Inspired Spiced Apple Cider

The shift in weather and daylight hours as summer fades to fall can be unsettling, making us more vulnerable to moodiness and stress. Try this special potion—a spiced cider with grounding and immune-boosting herbs—crafted exclusively for Yoga Journal by Andy Bottagaro, potion maker at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place in Boulder, Colorado.


32 oz apple juice

½ cup dried holy basil leaf

2 T dried orange peel

2 T dried rosemary

1 ½  T crushed cardamom

1 ½  T dried ginger root

1 T dried peppermint leaves

½ T ground nutmeg

1 ½ cinnamon sticks


In a large pot, bring 32 oz. apple juice to a near boil.  Add ½ cup dried holy basil leaf, 2 T dried orange peel, 2 T dried rosemary, 1 ½ T dried cardamom, 1 ½ T dried ginger root, 1 T dried peppermint leaves, ½ T ground nutmeg, and 1 ½ cinnamon sticks.

Turn off heat and let steep for an hour.  Strain herbs and sip.  Serves 4.

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