Every year when the weather turns cool my husband makes mulled apple cider. Mulling is an easy process where you add spices like cinnamon, cloves and allspice to cider and heat it on the stove with a bit of orange zest and brown sugar. The resulting drink is oh so fragrant and just the thing on chilly Fall and Winter evenings.
Last night was the first time we got to share this tradition with the munchkin, who took a few sips from my mug as we picked the pattern for our second Jack-O-Lantern. I hope drinking homemade mulled cider with his parents becomes one of those cherished childhood memories when he grows up.
If it’s getting colder in your neck of the woods might I suggest making a pot of mulled cider this evening? You won’t regret it. :)
Mulled Apple Cider (My Recipe)
Ingredients: Serves 2-3
- 4 cups apple cider
- About 2 tablespoons of orange juice
- About 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 whole allspice berries
- A generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (8-9 grates on the microplane grater, we like nutmeg)
- Pinch of salt
Mix all the ingredients in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat, strain using a strainer or cheesecloth, then discard the solids.
Ladle into mugs and enjoy! Garnish with additional cinnamon sticks if desired.