Some of my fondest fall memories involve apples.  Whether it was picking apples, drinking freshly pressed cider while we grocery shopped at Stew Leonard’s, or making mulled cider, all of the fall fun starts with apples!  As we usher in November, the fall is coming to it’s end, but these delectable and delightful little fruits are everywhere and are inexpensive!

The most wonderful treat to do in the fall is Mulled Cider.  Not only does it warm you from the inside out, but the scent fills your house like potpourri for hours!  You can prepare this on the stove top, but I prefer to use a slow cooker to maximize the aroma in the house 😉

Ingredients-

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon of fresh, unfiltered apple cider
  • 1 orange
  • 15 cloves
  • 4 3-inch sticks of cinnamon
  • 15 allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 7 pods of cardamom (you can substitute 1/2 tsp allspice + 1/2 tsp cinnamon, or 1 tsp of nutmeg for the pods)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions-

1 Pour apple cider into a 3-quart saucepan, cover, turn the heat on medium-high. While cider is heating up, take a vegetable peeler and peel away a couple thick strips of peel from the orange. Press about half of the cloves into the peeled part of the orange. (You can also just quarter the orange and add the slices and cloves separately. I just like seeing the orange bob up and down.) Place orange, orange peel strips, the remaining cloves, and the rest of the ingredients into the sauce pan with the cider. Keep covered and heat the mulled cider mixture to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes on low heat.

2 Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the hot mulled cider away from the orange, cloves, and other spices. If you want, you can add a touch of bourbon, brandy, or rum to spike it up a bit. Serve hot. Add a cinnamon stick to each cup if desired.

Makes 8 cups.

Tip- There are many variations of this recipe that call for star anise or other different types of citrus and booze.  They are all wonderful in my eyes, but I adore apples, soooooo- read through a bunch of recipes because there are many different ways to get to a delicious cup of hot cider!

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