Mulled Apple Cider. Unsweetened apple cider simmered with fresh orange peel, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cardamom, and allspice. Warm mulled apple cider served in mugs with fruit slices.
I’m a huge apple fan. I live for fall weather and the official baking season to begin. Starting with the classics – apple pie, apple tart, apple cake and apple cheesecake. Apple pop tarts and other brunch necessities like caramelized apple cinnamon rolls with a cinnamon apple glaze or apple crumble muffins.
It’s always fun to see what everyone else is coming up with in the food world. Little twists on apple cupcakes or something completely new and trendworthy.
Leftover apples, apples that are beginning to show some signs of fatigue, and those without a home in one my recipes generally end up in a skillet to be caramelized, or in a saucepan to be melted into apple butter.
Rarely do I juice apples, and this recipe is no exception. I like to buy a gallon of unsweetened apple cider, and use half of it to make this tasty winter time, but good all-year round, beverage.
The cider goes into a large saucepan along with a splash of maple syrup, orange peel, and whole spices including a cinnamon stick or two, a nutmeg, cardamom pods, and allspice berries. The cider mixture is brought to a gentle boil, and then simmered for about 30 minutes. The time on the stove draws out the flavors in the orange and the spices. The result is a delicious warm cider perfect for a cold night, a breakfast treat, or a hot toddy.
Mulled Apple Cider
- 1/2 gallon apple cider (8 cups)
- 1 each peel from 1 small orange or tangerine
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 each cinnamon sticks
- 1 each whole nutmeg
- 3 whole cloves
- 2 each cardamom pods, slightly crushed
- 3 each allspice berries
- Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Bring the cider to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat. Pour through mesh strainer into pitcher.
- Serve in mugs with slices of fresh lemon, fresh orange, and apple.