It’s been cold and snowy here, and I’ve been craving warm drinks. I usually reach for a tea bag, but if I’m feeling extra adventurous, I’ll make cocoa. On a recent snow day, I noticed that there happened to be a bottle of apple cider in the fridge, and I just happened to have all the spices needed to make a mulled drink, so I decided to make a hot Mulled Apple Cider. This is a drink I don’t make nearly enough, but I really should.
For me, Mulled Apple Cider conjures up visions of snuggling with a cat or two in warm blankets on the sofa while reading a can’t-put-it-down novel as the snow piles up outside. On snowy days, you can put a pot of this Mulled Apple Cider on the stove to simmer while you’re outside shoveling snow, and it will be ready to warm you up when you come back in.
I like to serve hot mulled apple cider along with pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving dessert, and I also like to have a pot of it simmering during Christmas events, like tree-trimming and cookie swaps.
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 8 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 1 nutmeg, cracked
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain and serve warm.
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