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Spiced and Mulled Cider
It’s the most wonderful time of the year–the holidays! With Halloween just around the corner, and Thanksgiving and Christmas following soon after, it’s time to bring out the crockpots and simmer some warm mulled cider!
In most parts of the world, cider is commonly known as a fermented, alcoholic drink. But, in the United States and Canada it is a sweet, spicy drink for consumers of all ages!
That being said, you can always add a splash of spiced rum or brandy if you’re feeling up to it!
In order to create the most irresistible mulled cider, I recommend you use as many apple varieties as possible! Make sure you have some sweet mixed in with some tart for a well balanced cider.
While I usually grab as many different types as possible, I like to focus on honey crisp, red delicious and granny smith.
Adding an orange or two will totally revamp your mulled cider! I love how it enhances the flavor of the apples, and adds greater depth to all your flavors!
Also, be sure to not add the orange peel to your crockpot, as it will make the flavor a bit bitter! Just give it a quick peal and drop it in for the last hour, so as not to overpower the apples!
To get the most out of your cider, I also STRONGLY recommend using fresh, organic spices! Whole cinnamon sticks and cloves do just the trick.
Tip: instead of purchasing all new spice containers which can be pricey, just buy as many as you need from a spice dispensary! Many stores such as Whole Foods will offer this affordable option.
How To Make Mulled Cider
The best part of this recipe is it involves minimal prep, and you’re house will smell like fall all day long!
Simply rinse and chop your apples (leave out the seed-filled centers), throw them into your crockpot with the spices and apple cider, and be patient!
You can also make this recipe with water or apple juice, but I love the intense flavors of using already made apple cider, and enhancing it!
For an aesthetic presentation, I love serving my fresh cider in a mug with a cinnamon stick inside! This is also a great way to add that extra pinch of flavor at the last minute!
Literally perfect to enjoy any time of day (I usually have a cup in the morning and after dinner!), drink up to your heart’s content!
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