I am back today with our mulled apple cider family recipe. I set up a fall beverage station on our kitchen counters earlier this month and I am enjoying having mulling spices, cinnamon sticks and dried apple rings ready for use.Hot mulled apple cider is the perfect fall drink. It will warm you up on cold days and make your house smell like a fall wonderland. The key is to use great quality fresh apple cider. Ours came from our favorite local apple orchard. They have the most charming farm stand where you can drink hot cider and eat delicious homemade cider doughnuts after you are done apple picking.
I hope you try this delicious drink this fall. For added warmth, I like to add a splash of rum to my cup of mulled apple cider(: Enjoy!Hot Mulled Apple Cider:
- 6 cups of fresh apple cider
- 2 tablespoons of mulling spices (I like to use cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, star anise and allspice berries)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger
- 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
- 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup of dark rum (optional)
- 4 cinnamon sticks (for serving)
- 4 dried apple rings (for serving)
Combine fresh apple cider, mulling spices, vanilla, ginger, orange and lemon slices in a saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to low heat and let the cider simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the rum (optional). Strain out the spices and fruit slices and serve in teacups or mugs with a cinnamon stick and a dried apple ring in each cup.
Yield: 4 servings
After I strain out the spices and fruit slices, I transfer them into a pot and add 4 cups of water. This makes a wonderful fall stove top potpourri that you can use for a few days.I will be back soon with our Fall mantel. I should really say, our Fall ”mirror-mantel”! We don’t have a fireplace mantel in our home but we decorate a long ”mirror sill” every season.
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