Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mulled Apple Cider

This was a wonderful, warming drink to serve my family during Thanksgiving afternoon.  Paired great with the Baked Brie, appetizers and, of course, football.

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large oranges, quartered (keep peel on)
1 gallon high quality apple cider
Optional: Spiced Rum

Place all ingredients in a large stock pot.  Bring to a simmer, turn heat down to med/low and heat for 20-30 minutes before serving.  The longer is heats, the more intense the flavor becomes (tastes even better reheated the next day).

Use a a ladel to dish cider into mugs (as you get to the end of the pot, strain the remants through a sieve to get the last little bit of cider).  As an option, add 1 shot of rum.  Curl up by the fire and share with someone you love.

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