Mulled Apple Cider & $500 Cash Thanksgiving Giveaway

With holiday parties on the horizon, it’s time to plan for some terrific food and drinks. Nothing warms the bones on a chilly day than a cup of hot mulled apple cider. So easy and yet special enough to serve to company.

Mulled Apple Cider | Hot cider flavored with vanilla, oranges and warm autumn spices. Perfect for holiday parties, apres ski parties or anytime you need to warm your soul

Mulled Apple Cider

Our winters are chilly around here, and I sip on hot tea day in and day out to keep warm. Miss Izzy, our lab puppy, loves to sit on my feet and that, too, helps keep me toasty. When I had a group of nearly 50 of my volunteer friends over for a coffee, we had the requisite pot of coffee brewing, a teapot filled with piping hot water and a pot of fragrant and delicious cider. It look only minutes to prepare, but my friends went back for seconds and more. It was a huge hit!

Mulled Apple Cider | Hot cider flavored with vanilla, oranges and warm autumn spices. Perfect for holiday parties, apres ski parties or anytime you need to warm your soul

Shake It Up

This recipe is totally customizable to your tastes. Leave out the cloves or star anise if that’s your preference.  A couple of lemon slices (or peel) can be added in addition to the oranges, but make sure to taste for sweetness. If you’d rather add honey, go for it. And for an adult gathering, feel free to pour in some rum! I hope you enjoy this hot toddy as much as my friends and I did.

Mulled Apple Cider
 
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This jazzed up apple cider makes for a terrific autumn or winter drink.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 16-32, depending on portion size
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • A pinch of allspice
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, split
  • 1 naval orange, sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar, optional
Instructions
  1. Pour apple cider into large pot. Add spices, vanilla bean and orange slices. Heat to just a simmer and let cook on low to allow the flavors to meld for about 15-20 minutes. Taste and add sugar if desired.
  2. Serve hot.

Mulled Apple Cider | Hot cider flavored with vanilla, oranges and warm autumn spices. Perfect for holiday parties, apres ski parties or anytime you need to warm your soul

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Mulled Apple Cider | Hot cider flavored with vanilla, oranges and warm autumn spices. Perfect for holiday parties, apres ski parties or anytime you need to warm your soul

Comments

  1. claudia lamascolo says:

    what a great giveaway! love the cider

  2. I bet it’s delicious!!
    Perfect for a lazy Sunday!
    xox

  3. Absolutely love mulled cider, I’ve not had it with the orange but I can see how tasty they would make it. I can’t get warm this time of year either, particularly my feet.

  4. I love the smell of mulled cider or wassail. I almost ’tis the season for these hot drinks!

  5. Mary Hirsch says:

    Don’t you think this cider could be made in a crock pot by cranking it up to high heat after putting it all together. Love the addition of anise. It’s cold enough for this right now, thatr’s for sure.

  6. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds like a nice hearty cider Liz, love the addition of vanilla:@)

  7. Love this time of year and these delicious ciders!

  8. Tasty cider. Tasty giveaway!

  9. I have never cared for hot cider. Love my cider cold and my tea piping hot. 🙂

    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway.

  10. I love the scent and taste of Apple Cider n the Fall. Especially when more complex flavors are introduced…

  11. This would smell amazing simmering on the stove.

  12. I love mulled apple cider, it’s comforting and delicious. I like that yours has just a bit of sugar, where so many are loaded with it.

  13. Lizzy,
    I’m sure everyone loved your cider. It’s amazing that you cater to such big gatherings. We had quite a cold and snowy winter last year…compared to the normally cold winters we get. It started late but it seemed never ending. And, Izzy is adorable.
    Annamaria

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