Soul Warming Spiced Pear Cider for the Yule Season

November is a fascinating month. Sandwiched between the glories and poignancy of October and the return to winter that December ushers into our world once more. It is, technically, one of only two full months of autumn – a season that is a firm favourite of many (especially, I would argue, those of witchy leanings).

One does not need to hold fall time above all other seasons to enjoy it, of course, and whether you adore or can scarcely stand this chapter of the year, there’s no getting around it (unless you go somewhere so close to the equator that fall/winter scarcely register on the ol’ thermometer).

November and December are a transitionary time. We’re parting ways with the last remnants of the harvest season and gearing up for the cold, dark months that lay ahead.

While some people feel highly invigorated by this chapter of the year, others quickly yearn for the days of sunshine, lush gardens and single layers of clothing.

If you fall into the first camp, then today’s recipe will likely bolster your mood and delight your late autumn/early fall adoring heart all the more.
If you’d give your favourite crystal for it to be May or July again right now, then this delicious brew may help to sooth, invigorate and delight your senses, making at least a few minutes of this chilly season easier and more pleasant to get through.

Pears are one of the loveliest fruits and their juice can be equally appealing. Today’s festive recipe is a magickal twist on the age-old cold weather classic, spiced apple cider. Only, instead of the beloved pomme, we’re shinning the spotlight on another fall harvest season classic: pears.

If you happen to be reading this post between the dates of October 23rd and November 22nd, now is an especially suitable time for this recipe, as we’re currently in the month of Scorpio, a water sign.

Pears themselves are associated with the element water, so the two are a strong fit and apt to bolster any magickal intentions you may imbue your sublimely scented beverage with.

No matter if we’re into Sagittarius, Capricorn, or another sign, this recipe can be just as effective and certainly every bit as tasty all throughout the chilly months.

We’re aiming to increase our warmth, both literally and in terms of positivity, happiness and optimism.

Winter, in many parts of the world at least, is no easy ride. Even with all of our modern conveniences, technology, and ways to help keep from freezing, it is still challenging and potentially difficult season for many of us.

This season has many pros and positives to it as well, but, again, today’s magickal recipe is here to help with those times when you need a little hygge for your tummy and a whole lot of good cheer for your witchy soul.


 
Soul Warming Spiced Pear Cider

Serves 2 – 4 (can easily be multiplied as needed)
 
Ingredients:

  • 1 litre / 34 fluid ounces of pear juice, pear nectar, or soft/non-alcoholic pear cider (if your local supermarket doesn’t carry pear beverages, try health food shops and specialty food stores, including Italian shops)
  • Seeds of one good sized vanilla bean or 1 tbsp genuine vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (optional; honey can also be used here instead, if desired)
  • 1 good sized cinnamon stick or 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 – 3 (to taste) star anise pods or ½ tsp of ground star anise
  • 3 – 4 whole cloves (optional; to taste – if not using cloves and if so desired, 2 – 4 cardamom pods are delicious here instead)
  • Optional garnish: 1 or 2 dried pear slices to float in each serving and/or a cinnamon stick to garnish each person’s drink
  • Other possible inclusions and/or garnishes, adjusting the ingredients to taste and magickal needs, if applicable, include fresh or dried cranberries, fresh rosemary or thyme, fresh or dried ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla sugar to rim the glasses or mugs that you’ll be serving this drink in.

How to:

  • In a small-medium or medium sized pot,
  • combine the pear juice with the vanilla bean seeds or vanilla extract, brown sugar or honey, and all of the spices.
  • Turn the burner to a fairly low heat and allow to gently simmer for at least 15 minutes.

    You can also prepare this drink in a crockpot or Instant Pot, which can be especially handy if you’re multiplying the recipe and wish to keep it warm for a longer period of time.
  • As the pear cider or juice is heating up, you may wish to employee some handy kitchen magic.

    Stir the drink mixture deosil (clockwise) for things that you wish to bring into your life, increase, multiple or maintain. Stir widdershins (counterclockwise) for those that you wish to banish, decrease and be done with.

    Speaking or mentally concentrating on areas of your life and magickal practises while preparing this drink, especially if they relate to winter or Yule can be an excellent way to send your intentions out into the universe and get the ball rolling on the changes that you want to have happen.
  • Before serving, if you and your tablemates prefer, remove any cloves, cardamom pods and the cinnamon stick that was cooked with the mixture.  
  • Serve the spiced pear cider while quite warm, garnishing each serving with the ingredient(s) mentioned above of your choice. I’m especially fond of sugaring the rims of the glasses, floating a dried pear slice in each cup, and popping a cinnamon stick into each person’s portion.

If you are making this just for yourself, serve up as much as your heart desires, and place the rest in a covered fridge safe container. It should keep for at least two days and is great whether enjoyed cold, room temperature, or gently reheated on the stove for a few minutes.

This drink is a breeze to whip up, is relatively easily easy on the pocketbook, and is full of warming, potent ingredients that help us acclimatize to the realities of winter, both the rough and the beautiful.

It also makes for an especially lovely beverage to savour and celebrate with on Yule or Christmas and has the added bonus of smelling nothing short of sublime. Instant kitchen witchery aromatherapy for all those lucky enough to be in the vicinity while this drink is being prepared!

Winter might not always the easiest time of the year, but we have the ability to actively find ways to make it more manageable, enjoyable, positive, and definitely magickal – very much including with what we opt to nourish or bodies and souls alike with all season long.

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