This recipe idea initially began as popsicles. I was thinking about how around this time last year, Aaron and I took a lovely long weekend to NYC. We ate some of the best meals of our lives, hit up a couple of museums, and walked and walked…and walked some more. I know I’m older and wiser now because I didn’t even think about trying to wear heels.
One of my most memorable treats from that weekend was a chai-infused apple popsicle. I thought it was such a genius flavor combination to take the classic cinnamon and apple pairing and elevate it with spicy ginger, black peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom.
This past week, I finally perfected my own version using a local apple cider, and then it got a little chilly outside and I wondered if popsicle season may have passed (I’ll eat ice cream year-round, but I know not everyone is in the same boat). I also thought about how not everyone has popsicle molds, and I didn’t want those folks to miss out—because truly, this flavor combination is insanely good.
So, with all of that in mind, I came up with solutions to any barriers that might keep you from enjoying chai apple cider.
For those crisp Fall days. It’s as easy as brewing tea.
For those unexpected 86-and-humid Fall days (like this past weekend in Boston—it was HOT).
For those unexpected 86-and-humid Fall days when you don’t have a popsicle mold.
For those unexpected 86-and-humid Fall days when you don’t have a popsicle mold or a blender or you’re just too hot to be bothered. It happens.
See? I have you covered.
If you’re really chai/apple cider obsessed, you can certainly follow my lead and make a double batch of this recipe for chai apple cider in all the things. I think I basically have spiced cider running through my veins at this point. I’m not complaining.
Simple Chai Apple Cider 3 ways
Cook Time: 10 mins
Sweet apple cider meets spicy, warming chai. Two of my most favorite things about Fall, with easy options to enjoy this perfect pairing hot or cold.
Bonus option: Enjoy the cooled chai apple cider with a handful of cider ice cubes for a delicious iced beverage.
For extra easy chai apple cider, simply replace the chai spices with 4 chai tea bags.
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