As cooler weather approaches, there’s nothing quite like a warm, spiced drink to help you feel warmer inside. This spiked mulled apple cider is sure to give you the warm and fuzzies. Thanks to the Appleweek sponsors for providing products to aid recipe creation and items for the giveaway.
Much as I love warmer weather, I am also pretty happy when it starts to get cooler. It seems to run in the family, as my elder son has already been asking to be able to have hot chocolate again. I, too, like a warm drink in colder weather, like gluwein (mulled wine) or a warm cranberry cocktail. And, of course, mulled apple cider.
When I lived in New York many years ago, my parents came to visit over the holidays. It was their first visit there, so naturally we tried to pack in plenty of sightseeing. However, some days were bitterly cold, and I distinctly remember warming up with a cup of warm apple cider in the cafe by the lake in Central Park. It was exactly what we all needed.
While that time we didn’t opt for a spiked version, I definitely enjoy it both ways. Spiked mulled apple cider makes such a comforting, simple fall/winter cocktail that’s perfect whether you are enjoying it yourself on a cold winter’s night, or sharing with others at a party. It’s easy to scale the recipe up or down to meet your needs, and you can change the spirit you use to suit your tastes as well.
Spiked Mulled Apple Cider Recipe Tips
This isn’t a difficult drink to make, but here are a few tips:
- don’t rush it – the flavors from the spices need time to evolve, so don’t rush it.
- use a few different whole spices rather than a ready-made blend. Whole spices save you getting bits of spice residue in your drink and each spice adds a different flavor which you can adjust to taste. (The Spice House has a great range to choose from)
- use a good apple juice as a base. This drink is all about the apple, so try to get an unfiltered apple cider/juice as a base. Try to avoid juice from concentrate, it’s just not the same.
- spike it with a spirit that pairs well with apples such as brandy, apple brandy, rum, or spiced rum.
This spiked mulled apple cider is gently spiced, packed with apple flavor and just enough spirit (if you choose to use some) to give it that little kick. It’s the perfect easy cocktail recipe to warm you through and through!
This spiked mulled apple cider is wonderfully warming and perfect for a cold day. With a little kick, too, if you choose to go the spiked route!
- 4 cups apple cider / unfiltered apple juice 950ml (1 quart)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 star anise
- 4 whole cloves
- 4 strips orange peel
- 4 oz brandy 120 ml, or apple brandy, rum, spiced rum
Put all of the ingredients except the rum in a small pan and warm over a low heat. Gently bring to almost a simmer and warm for approx 30 minutes without boiling.
Put 1 oz of brandy in the bottom of 4 glasses and top each up with the warm cider, straining off the spices and orange peel as you go. Serve warm.
Note - you can also prepare this in the slow cooker - instead of putting everything apart form the rum in a pot, place all in a slow cooker and warm on low for approximately 2 - 4 hours, as suits. Then serve as above, putting the brandy in the bottom of the glasses as you serve.
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