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Apple, Goji Berry, and Honey Date Drink

Christmas is just around the corner and it is an appropriate time for apple cider, especially if it is warm, homemade, and has lots of spices. I know that most people will go the traditional route with cinnamon and all spice for their apple cider, but it is never a bad thing to introduce something new every now and then. For one, it will be a great conversational topic. And who knows, you might end up with a new favorite. ♥

Apple, Goji Berry, and Honey Date Drink
Apple, Goji Berry, and Honey Date Drink

Apple, Goji Berry, and Honey Date Drink

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • 1 kilogram red skinned apple, peeled and cored
  • 2 honey dates (Chinese: mi zao) (*)
  • 2 liter water
  • 3 tablespoon goji berries (Chinese: gou gi zi)
  • rock sugar, to taste (**)
  • slices of apple for garnish


  1. Place apple, honey dates, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. With a strainer, drain to get the apple juice.
  3. Return the apple juice to the pot. Add goji berries, and bring to another boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add rock sugar as needed. This may not be necessary if the apples are particularly sweet.
  5. Turn off heat. Transfer to a pitcher. Serve warm or chilled. You can add some slices of apple into each serving glass as garnish.


  • (*) Chinese honey dates can be substituted with red dates (Chinese: hong zao)
  • (**) Rock sugar can be substituted with regular sugar or honey
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  • Atika Atika says:

    Wow this looks very refreshing mba :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thanks Atika. It is very refreshing :) If you can find all the ingredients, do give it a try.

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef Dedy@Dentist Chef says:

    Somehow, i think i love the taste of chinese drink, but actually i've got some kind of "issue' with this kind of dessert, remind me about my birdness drink that i used to drink when i've got sick when i was a kiddo.....

    • Anita Anita says:

      Haha, I totally get what you mean Dedy. As for me, I have a bad association with luo han guo. Do you notice that I never feature that in my recipes? :D

  • Jill Jill says:

    Could you highlight what is the nutritional value of this drink, if any.

    • Anita Anita says:

      I use an online nutritional calculator and get this result (per serving): 135 calories, 1% fat, 1% sodium, 13% carbohydrate, 6% fiber, 3% calcium, 5% iron, and 4% potassium.

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