For those who have been following my blog from the start, you know that one of my favorite parts about this season is fresh warm apple cider. I crave it at this time of year! One of the best ways to make it is not only to warm it up, but mull it by adding spices and a little citrus (and a little rum or bourbon if you are so inclined). Not only is a mug of warm cider such a nice treat on a chilly fall day, but an added bonus is the aroma that will linger through your house for hours afterwards. Sometimes this is worth making just for the aroma alone!
You can use your own spices, or pick up a mulling pouch. Mulling pouches are available in many specialty food & kitchen shops, and most apple & pumpkin farms this time of year.
Yield: Eight 8 oz. Servings
You will need:
Half Gallon Apple Cider
1 whole orange
1 oz. mulling spices
3 cinnamon sticks
1.Pour entire half gallon of cider into large sauce pan.
2. Slice the orange into 4 or 5 slices and add to the cider.
3. Add the mulling spices & cinnamon sticks to the cider and stir.
4. Bring the cider to a boil and after boiling for one minute, pull the heat back to low and let the cider simmer for 25-30 minutes.
5. When done simmering, remove the orange slices and using a cooking skimmer, skim the top of the cider to remove the spices.
6. Serve warm in a coffee mug and if so inclined, add just a touch of rum or bourbon to the mug.