RECIPE: Autumn-Inspired Spiced Cider

Try this immune-boosting elixir to stay calm and grounded as the weather changes.

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seasonal fall cider recipe

The shift in weather and daylight hours as summer fades to fall can be unsettling, making us more vulnerable to moodiness and stress. Tired of being whipped around? 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 & Gathering Place in Boulder, Colorado.


  • 32 oz apple juice
  • 1⁄2 cup dried holy basil leaf
  • 2 tbsp dried orange peel
  • 2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp crushed cardamom
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp dried ginger root
  • 1 tbsp dried peppermint leaves
  • 1⁄2 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1⁄2 cinnamon sticks
  • story essence of your choice


In a large pot, bring 32 oz apple juice to a near boil. Add 1⁄2 cup dried holy basil leaf, 2 tbsp dried orange peel, 2 tbsp dried rosemary, 1 1⁄2 tbsp crushed cardamom, 1 1⁄2 tbsp dried ginger root, 1 tbsp dried peppermint leaves, 1⁄2 tbsp ground nutmeg, and 1 1⁄2 cinnamon sticks. Turn off heat and let steep for an hour. Strain herbs and sip. Or, if you’re so inclined, add 13 drops each of the essences of chicory flower, beech flower, and rose quartz(available at natural grocers or Finally, infuse with a story essence—i.e., read a story (find Shine’s “Melody Moonlight” tale at over the drink. Serves 4.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 4
  • Calories 0
  • Carbohydrate Content 0 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 0 g
  • Fiber Content 0 g
  • Protein Content 0 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 0 mg
  • Sugar Content 0 g
  • Trans Fat Content 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g