Comforting Cocktail

by Dec 16, 2019Food & Drink, Recipes, South Brunswick

Enjoy this spiked hot apple cider by the fire with your honey or serve it to your holiday crowd.

It’s that time of the year again — the time for soft blankets, roaring fires, good books and warm drinks. When I settle in for a bit of coziness by the fire, one of my personal favorite toddies is a mug of hot apple cider. It’s delicious as it is, of course, but when spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and served warm, it transforms into something spectacular. The flavors are complex, and the aroma is reminiscent of the holidays. In fact, this recipe is as perfect for holiday celebrations as it is for days by the fire.

You can create this recipe on the stovetop as suggested or you can prepare it in an Instant Pot, slow cooker or thermal carafe. You can use pre-mixed mulling spices, but taking the extra step to create your own spice sachet adds a personal touch and allows you to create a unique flavor profile.

This version is spiked with Crown Royal Apple, creating a comforting cocktail that’s perfect whether you are enjoying it yourself on a cold winter’s night or sharing with others at a party. It is easy to serve this to a crowd as the recipe can be scaled up or down. The longer it simmers the better it tastes and the better the house smells. Feel free to use garnishes like star anise and fresh orange slices to make it more visually appealing.

 

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Spiked Mulled Citrus Apple Cider
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pour the cider, soda and orange juice in a large saucepan.
  2. Tie the cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, nutmeg and peeling from the orange in the cheesecloth and drop in the pot.
  3. Slice the orange flesh and toss it and the sliced apples in the mixture. Bring to a simmer on the burner.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and let steep for 3 to 4 hours.
  5. Divide among individual mugs. Add about 1 ounce of Crown Royal Apple to each (use more or less if desired).
Recipe Notes

Garnish with apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks.