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.