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
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!
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Serve hot.
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