I've been craving hot apple cider. A weird thing to crave, I realize, but herbal tea just hasn't been cutting it lately, and cocoa didn't fit the bill, either. Enter, "fake-it" spiced cider:
apple juice concentrate
whole star anise
smashed fresh ginger
freshly grated nutmeg
Chuck everything in a pot, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Strain and serve. (Or cool, chill, and microwave a cup at a time as needed!)
I am SO ready for the weekend! Can't wait until 6:00 tonight, when I can finally RELAX!