Ring in your New Year with a steaming mug of cider! Adult and kid friendly versions available!
Hot Mulled Cider
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
½ gallon freshly pressed apple cider
3 sticks cinnamon, plus more sticks for garnish
1 medium orange, unpeeled, sliced thinly
2 whole cloves
½ vanilla bean, seeds and pod: slice down the length of the pod, spread open, and scrape out the flesh by pressing with a butter knife
1 tablespoon honey, preferably orange blossom
⅓ cup brandy, optional
In a large saucepan or small pot over low heat, add all of the ingredients, and mix together. Stir occasionally until very warm. Serve in mugs with slices of orange.
- If the mulled cider will be sitting for an exceptionally long time, remove the cloves when the flavor is to your liking.
- If you are a big fan of spice, combine 3 star anise and 1 inch of peeled, roughly chopped fresh ginger and put them into a tea strainer or mesh bag to steep along with the other ingredients. Much like steeping tea, remove the tea strainer or mesh bag of ginger and star anise when the desired flavor is achieved.