Mulled Apple Cider
Mulled Apple Cider is one of the staples of fall. Because nothing says fall like when you break out the warm drinks! I’m not much for fancy things to drink, I prefer water 95% of the time. But when I do decide to make something, I like it to be simple, from scratch, and natural of course.
This recipe for Mulled Apple Cider is easy and will leave your home smelling so good. If you don’t have actual apple cider on hand you can simply use apple juice instead for similar results. This drink is perfect for a cozy fall evening at home by the fire or maybe even a fall get-together with friends.
Mulled Apple Cider
What You Need:
- 8 cups apple cider (or apple juice)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- Zest of 1 orange or lemon
On the stovetop, mix all the ingredients together. Bring to a slow rolling boil and remove from heat. Using a fine strainer, pour the mixture into another bowl or container to remove any spices or pieces that may be left from cooking (Warning, mixture will be hot!) A second strain may be needed with cheesecloth or a flour sack towel if all the spices cannot be removed.
Instead of doing the straining method, you can also add all your spices to a homemade tea bag or a tea ball and simmer that way. Then you can skip the straining step afterwards.
If you want a fall snack to go along with your yummy fall drink you might make up a batch of this Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe too. Although with the smell of the pumpkin bread baking AND the smell of the mulled apple cider simmering your house may just get a dose of fall overload. Not that there is anything wrong with that! I love it when my house smells yummy from something baking.
What is your favorite warm drink to make in the fall? Does your family ever enjoy a mug of Mulled Apple Cider? Is there any special occasions you make it for?