Our cozy, and easy mulled apple cider is one of our favorite warm fall drinks. It’s perfect for a chilly night and a great drink for a crowd. It also makes your house smell amazing. This non-alcoholic fall drink can also be turned into easy spiked apple cider, and we’ll show you how. Invite some friends over and serve it with our Crispy Stuffed Potato Skins or our Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s a great way to combine savory and sweet.
Originally published on Nov. 7, 2014.
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EASY APPLE CIDER RECIPE
Apple cider is great on its own, but it’s even better when it’s simmered with warm mulling spices.
The flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, and orange compliment the sweet apple flavor beautifully.
Additionally, the aroma is nothing short of comforting. It smells like fall and it tastes like it, too.
HOW TO MAKE MULLED CIDER SPICE MIX
It’s easy to make mulling spices for cider, here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cardamom seeds
- ¼ cup of allspice berries
- 2 tbsp of whole cloves
- 1/3 of a cup of dried orange peel
NOTE: Do not use ground spices. It will turn out too strong and the cider will have a gritty texture.
You can also buy pre-made mulling spices if you don’t have or want to buy all of the spices listed above.
HOW TO MAKE STOVE TOP APPLE CIDER
Here are the instructions to make this easy apple cider recipe:
Pour one gallon of apple cider into a large stock pot. Bring the cider to a low boil and then immediately reduce the heat to a low simmer.
Add the mulling spice blend to the cider and let it simmer for thirty minutes to an hour.
NOTE: You can wrap the spices in a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag if you don’t want to use a sieve to strain the spices from the apple cider.
Serve the cider in mugs with a cinnamon stick for garnish and extra cinnamon flavor.
See how easy it is!
SPIKED APPLE CIDER WHISKEY
This is for the adults, and the best thing is that you don’t need to make separate pots of spiked mulled cider and a non-alcoholic apple drink.
All you’ll need to do is make the mulled apple cider as shown in the instructions, and then stir 1 to 2 ounces of whiskey (depending on your taste) into a 12 ounce mug of cider.
As someone who doesn’t drink hard alcohol (especially whiskey), I have to say that this is an incredibly lovely fall cocktail.
HOW DO YOU STORE MULLED APPLE CIDER?
Store it in a clean pitcher or bowl in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. After that the flavors become too strong.
APPLE CIDER VS APPLE JUICE
It’s all about how the apples are processed.
Cider is not filtered; therefore it has some pulp and particles from the apples.
Hence, it’s darker color and almost opaque quality.
Beware that some cider is unpasteurized, so if you’re pregnant or have a weak immune system, it’s best to purchase pasteurized cider.
The apples are filtered to remove the particles and it’s pasteurized.
It’s clear and usually lighter in color.
We prefer cider for mulling because it’s a heartier version of apple juice; however, you can use either one.
APPLE CIDER BENEFITS
Cider, because it isn’t as processed, may provide 2 to 4 times the amount of polyphenol compounds than you’d find in highly processed apple juice.
Polyphenols occur naturally in plants and are thought to protect the body from diseases such as cancer, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, aging and other significant health problems.
Another reason we prefer cider over juice.
MORE APPLE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Mulled Apple Cider
- 1- gallon apple cider see note
- 3 cinnamon sticks see note
- 4 whole cardamom seeds
- ¼ cup allspice berries
- 2 tbsp whole cloves
- 1/3 cup dried orange peel
- FOR SPIKED CIDER
- 1 to 2 oz whiskey (optionasee note
- Pour the cider in a large pot and bring to a low boil. Immediately reduce the heat to a low simmer and add the mulling spices (see note). Simmer for 30 minutes and use a fine mesh sieve/colander to strain the spices.
- NUTRITION DISCLAIMER
You can use apple juice to make this; however, the flavor won’t be as rich.
Feel free to use store-bought mulling spices, just follow the instructions on the packet for measurements.
Rum is also delicious in cider.
If you don’t want to strain the spices you can wrap them in a cheese cloth or put them in a nut milk bag.
A small serving size is 8 oz and a large is 12 oz.