Making Hot Mulled Apple Cider

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As colder weather begins to settle into much of the country, more people are seeking the comfort of something warm to sip. Instead of resorting to everyday beverages like tea or coffee, why not try something special this winter? Hot mulled apple cider is much more satisfying than tea or coffee, and it doesn’t contain any caffeine, making it the perfect evening drink. You may not be able to find hot mulled apple cider at your favorite cafe, but luckily it is easy to make at home. 

How to Make Hot Mulled Apple Cider at Home

In less than twenty minutes, you can be wrapping your hands around a mug of steaming mulled cider, but first you need to get a few things. Of course, you are going to need apple cider. If you are unable to get freshly pressed cider direct from the orchard, your next best option is to look for unpasteurized and unfiltered apple cider in your local grocery store’s refrigerated section. The good stuff may be more expensive, but it is definitely worth the small indulgence. 

Besides premium apple cider, you will need mulling spices. Many stores sell pre-packaged mulling spices, but for the best flavor, you should mix up a batch yourself. There are lots of different recipes for mulling spices available online, but a good basic one to start with is:

  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • the washed peel of one organic orange

To make the hot mulled apple cider, pour two quarts of apple cider in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the mulling spice mixture. Cover and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Strain and serve. 

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