30 September 2017

Weekend Cooking: Hot Mulled Cider

Hot mulled ciderI live in apple country and am lucky to be able to buy apples from family-owned fruit farms, pick wild apples, and gather apples from friends' and neighbors' yards.

We eat apples out of hand, turn them into applesauce, add them to savory dishes, and (of course) bake them up into sweet desserts. Another fall treat is fresh, locally produced apple cider.

Yes, you can drink cold cider right out of the bottle, but on a cool night sitting by the fire or after a fall hike in the woods, there's nothing so warming and comforting as hot spiced cider. Sometimes we even spike it with a little rum. Yay for October, sweater weather, and warm adult beverages.

Here's the recipe I use, which was based on one I found at the Pioneer Woman site, which in turn was adapted from a recipe on AllRecipes.

Hot Mulled Cider
8 cups

  • Hot mulled cider4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 12 whole allspice berries
  • Peel from one orange (orange part only)
  • Peel from one lemon (yellow part only)
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 8 cups (1/2 gallon) apple cider
  • Rum to taste (optional)
Place all ingredients, except the rum, in a large saucepan and bring just to the boil over medium-high heat. Ladle through a strainer into mugs. Add rum to taste, if desired.

Strain the remaining cider and refrigerate the leftovers for about a week. Reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.

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17 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks 9/30/17, 7:08 AM  

I love love love hot mulled cider. Unfortunately, Jim does not, so I rarely buy it, because real cider goes bad. The recipe sounds so great though, I might have to make and drink what I can!

Tina 9/30/17, 7:33 AM  

Thanks for posting the recipe. I have wonderful memories of us going to Linvilla Orchards in Media PA when I was growing up. Autumn me at they made cider and what an event!

Mae Travels 9/30/17, 8:05 AM  

Spiced cider takes my thoughts back to old times when adding spice to wine was a way to cover up its unfortunate instability. But it's so wonderful we still keep spicing cider and wine. Your recipe has quite a lot of sugar -- must be good!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

bermudaonion 9/30/17, 8:13 AM  

Rum is not optional around here!

Deb in Hawaii 9/30/17, 12:03 PM  

Yum! Since I'm a disliker (hater sounds bad) ;-) of pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice, apple is my fall flavor of choice. I adore cider and make one similar to this, sometimes adding tea and/or fruit slices and making it in the slow cooker. You have me craving mulled cider right now even though our day is supposed to be hot and humid.

jama 9/30/17, 1:01 PM  

Yum, hot cider is one of my absolute faves!! Hooray for Autumn.

Vicki 9/30/17, 2:05 PM  

Would you believe I've never had cider, cold or hot? I think I may try this recipe and see if I like it.

Jackie Mc Guinness 9/30/17, 5:23 PM  

Spiked apple cider sound great. I've only had it a few times.

My Cozy Book Nook 9/30/17, 6:03 PM  

I bet the rum is a delicious addition! We went apple picking one time about two decades ago... I have no idea why we don't do it more often.

Greg 9/30/17, 9:01 PM  

That sounds so good. Love fall!

Pat PostingForNow 10/1/17, 8:28 AM  

Yum! The apple cider sounds delicious! Yea for fall!

Audra 10/1/17, 9:08 AM  

Okay -- I didn't know how badly I needed this, but ... yeah. We have half a bottle of local cider I'm going to mull using this recipe (and the rum, of course!). Thanks for sharing -- it's a brisk 47 today, too, so warm cider will be welcome!

Laurie C 10/1/17, 4:52 PM  

This sounds like a great way to dress up the half a jug of apple cider I have in the fridge tonight! I like Calvados in my hot cider, but rum is the backup if we run out!

glutenfreewithjudee 10/1/17, 5:37 PM  

Beth,
This is a wonderful fall recipe that feels warm and cozy. I think I'll save it to make for Halloween night when we usually have chilly weather and a little dampness!

Gail Gauthier 10/1/17, 9:21 PM  

A great seasonal recipe.

Tasha B. 10/2/17, 1:40 AM  

Om nom nom I loooove apples. Unfortunately I can’t eat a ton of them because of teeth sensitivity, but I’m certainly not adverse to a cup of cider or two

roth phallyka 10/9/17, 11:24 AM  

I might have to make and drink what I can!


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