November is Mulled Apple Cider Month
November is Mulled Apple Cider Month, or maybe not but during the Holiday season when there is a chill in the air, it is a perfect time to serve some nice warm Mulled Apple Cider to family and friends. I spend a lot of my youth in California jst North of Santa Rosa, where there were a lot of apple orchards. As kids we make our spending money picking apples. We also enjoyed home made apple butter, lots of apple pie and just once in a while we would get to enjoy a cup of Mulled Apple Cider.
We are going to put a little twist on it this year by switching out the classic pumpkin pie spices and replacing them with five-spice powder.
One great side effect of making this delicious recipe is the warm and wonderful aroma that fills your home every time you make it. It’s a great way to create a cozy atmosphere on a chilly fall or winter weekend afternoon. For added ambience at your next gathering or get-together, make a batch and have it quietly simmering in the background when your guests arrive. It fills the air with holiday spirit.
If it is for an older crowd, you might even consider adding just a splash of apple brandy to each glass before serving.
- ½ gallon farm fresh apple cider
- 1 medium organic orange, sliced
- ½ c. fresh squeezed orange juice
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 10-15 whole cloves
- 2 t. ground cinnamon
- 2 t. five-spice powder
- Optional garnish:
- Fresh orange slices
- whole cinnamon sticks
- Apple Brandy
- Add all ingredients to a slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7.
- When finished, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and cooked orange slices.
- Ladle warm cider into large mugs and serve with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired.
- For the adult crowd you can add a splash of apple brandy to the drink for those that would like it.
Another beverage that takes advantage of the the fruit of the season can be found Here It is the Cranberry Margarita that we shared with you a while back.
Be sure and save the recipes in a little book so that you have them handy for the next get together and make it a “Holiday” as well.
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