Hot Apple Cider is a delicious warm drink made with mulled spices and fruit. This tasty beverage is best enjoyed on a cool Fall day.
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What is Mulled Cider?
Mulled cider is sweet cider that has been heated up with certain spices and citrus fruit. It is served warm or hot. Mulling spices usually include cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg and sometimes cardamom, star anise, and peppercorn.
Hot Apple Cider Ingredients
To make this mulled apple cider recipe, you will need the following ingredients (go to the recipe below for exact quantities and instructions):
- Apples: the best apples to use for cider are a mix of tart (i.e. Granny Smith, Braeburn, Jonathan, Pacific Rose) and sweet (i.e. Gala, Golden Delicious, Jazz, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Gala, Fuji, and Cortland) apples
- Navel orange
- Cinnamon sticks
- Ginger root
- Whole cloves
How to Make Hot Apple Cider from Scratch
If you want to know how to make homemade apple cider from scratch, just follow these simple instructions.
- Add all ingredients to large pot. Place apples, orange, cinnamon sticks, ginger and cloves in a 6 quart stockpot or large dutch oven. Fill pot with water up to one inch below the top. Heat on medium until starting to bubble.
- Simmer the cider. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for one hour.
- Remove the remnants. Remove pot from heat. Discard the solid materials using a fine mesh strainer.
How to Serve Hot Apple Cider
Ladle cider into mugs and serve hot. Garnished with cinnamon stick or orange slice if desired.
This homemade mulled cider will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, pour back into a large pot and warm over medium heat until just starting to bubble.
Can I Make Hot Apple Cider in a Slow Cooker?
Yes! Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the same manner as in the recipe, cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
Can This Hot Apple Cider be Made as an Alcoholic Drink?
It sure can! Here is what you need to do to make spiked apple cider. After removing the mulled cider pot from the heat, pour in your liquor of choice. Up to 2 cups is enough for a 6 quart recipe. Bourbon, brandy, dark rum, cognac, whiskey, scotch, and even tequila all work well with the flavors here.