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Dec 3, 2007 02:52 PM

Where to find Apple Cider mix in LA?

My mom said she'd love a good apple cider mix for Christmas but I have no idea if there are any great mixes out there that I can get in the LA area. Any suggestions?

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  1. williams sonoma has a great mulling spices mix. add it to martinelli's apple juice on the stove, strain the mulling spices, and you have the perfect apple cider!

    1. i just bought williams sonoma's apple cider concentrate yesterday and tried it last night. I added a cinnamon stick to it and it was lovely. However, it's quite pricey - $19 for a bottle that makes a gallon.

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      1. re: lemonbalm

        Help! I've e-mailed Williams Sonoma and they reply that they don't have an Apple Cider Concentrate. Also checked their web site and nothing ! Where did you buy it? I'm in Ohio but will gladly call the store if you can give me a name and/or phone number. My son got a bottle as a gift and loved it! Thanks for your help! e-mail is

          1. re: Diana

            Thanks Diana, but I'm not looking for the mulling spices. We had a quart jar of apple cider concentrate with a Williams Sonoma label on it. We can't find out where this came from. Really appreciate your help. Happy Holidays and thanks again!

      2. The one at Williams Sonoma is wonderful and, you can buy their apple cider for added yumminess. The total pkg 25.00$ (cider and spices) I also have seen Martinelli mulling spices at the market. KQ :)

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        1. re: Kitchen Queen

          Thanks for the tip but I can't find their apple cider on their website. Am I missing something or did you buy it from the actual store?

          1. re: dinami

            From the store is the best bet. This time of year, they usually have a crock of it going to drag shoppers in by their noses and taste buds.

            Here's a link to a spot on the site that shows the tin.


        2. You mean mulling spices? Cause apple cider is just a type of apple juice. I'd buy the freshest juice you can get and then get William Sonoma's mulling spices, or see if Gelson's carries any.

          Frankly, I think it's just cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cloves with lemon zest. Maybe some star anise

          Go to surfas and get whole allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and then get a nice lemon. Zest the lemon into thick strips-avoid the bitter pith. In a tea straining ball or cloth bag, put the srtips of zest, three or four whole allspice, five or six or more(to your taste)cloves. Put that in the cider in a pot on the stove. Toss in three or four sticksa of cinnamon, and float in two or three star anise.

          Heat it over medium heat. I actually keep mine warm in a slow cooker, and you can mull it in there, too.

          Some people add red wine, some add hard cider, I like to add a bit of Stone's Ginger Wine-available at Bevmo. Yum!

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          1. re: Diana

            It's really really hard to find real cider in Los Angeles. In Connecticut it's everywhere but out here I'm not sure people have ever even had the real thing -- I wouldn't cal it fresh apple juice.

            1. re: Hershey Bomar

              It is hard but not impossible to find -- and if you're nostalgic for it and up for a trip into the mountains, Oak Glen's wineries have real, honest-to-god apple cider there. Unfortunately, honest-to-God cider donuts (ah, Delicious Orchards, how I miss thee) are harder to find, resulting in heinous shipping costs.

              (A note to any British people reading this: "cider" in the US can mean just the juice pressed from fresh apples with no further alteration -- what is sold as "cider" in Britain is sold as "hard cider" in the US, and the term "perry" is nearly unknown).

              On topic: I agree that Williams Sonoma's is good, convenient, and not ridiculously overpriced as compared to some other things there. Buy your cider elsewhere if you can, or use unfiltered juice.

          2. I love serving warm apple cider and rum in the winter. Just boil it with rum cinnamon sticks, and perhaps some slices of apple. In my search for apple cider, I found it randomly in some select grocery stores. Very hit and miss. I can't even tell you where I did find it because I remember purchasing one week, then not finding it after that.

            I'm from Florida and they usually carried apple cider in gallon jugs near the orange juices and dole juices. Out here I would think you have the best chance at the more fancy grocers. Good Luck.

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            1. re: floridastylee

              You can also find fresh (Frozen) cider at the farmers markets.

              I know I saw some on Hollywood on Sunday two weeks ago, and possibly at Santa Monica on Saturday.