Apple Cider Mule

This apple cider mule is festive and easy fall cocktail! This seasonal spin on the Moscow mule features cider and ginger beer. Here’s a festive cocktail that’s perfect for cool weather: the Apple Cider Mule! Everyone loves a classic Moscow Mule, and this seasonal spin is even more fun. It pairs apples and ginger in a bubbly, effervescent mix that looks perfectly cozy nestled in a copper mug. Why stop drinking the mule when fall hits? This autumnal variation is ideal for when the temps start to drop: it even works as a winter cocktail for holiday gatherings, too. Here’s what you need to know! Ingredients in an apple cider mule The apple cider mule is a fall themed Moscow mule: or, a mule with apple cider added. But here’s the thing. You’ve got to have just enough cider so you can taste its sweet flavor, but not so much that it waters down the ginger beer and vodka. Many cider mule recipes don’t get the right blend of flavors. We tinkered with the ratios to make this apple cider mule the perfect balance of the Moscow mule elements: Vodka Lime Apple cider Ginger beer What’s a classic Moscow mule? […]

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This apple cider mule is festive and easy fall cocktail! This seasonal spin on the Moscow mule features cider and ginger beer.

Apple cider mule

Here’s a festive cocktail that’s perfect for cool weather: the Apple Cider Mule! Everyone loves a classic Moscow Mule, and this seasonal spin is even more fun. It pairs apples and ginger in a bubbly, effervescent mix that looks perfectly cozy nestled in a copper mug. Why stop drinking the mule when fall hits? This autumnal variation is ideal for when the temps start to drop: it even works as a winter cocktail for holiday gatherings, too. Here’s what you need to know!

Ingredients in an apple cider mule

The apple cider mule is a fall themed Moscow mule: or, a mule with apple cider added. But here’s the thing. You’ve got to have just enough cider so you can taste its sweet flavor, but not so much that it waters down the ginger beer and vodka. Many cider mule recipes don’t get the right blend of flavors. We tinkered with the ratios to make this apple cider mule the perfect balance of the Moscow mule elements:

  • Vodka
  • Lime
  • Apple cider
  • Ginger beer
Apple cider mule

What’s a classic Moscow mule?

The Moscow mule is a classic cocktail invented in the 1940’s. This drink may have been invented as a ploy to sell vodka, ginger beer and copper mugs. (Here’s more about the history of the mule.) The mule is part of a family of cocktails called bucks: drinks made with ginger beer or ale, citrus juice, and liquor. So a Moscow mule is a vodka buck: and this apple cider mule could technically be called a cider buck.

How to make an apple cider mule (basic steps)

The mule is one of our top easy mixed drinks because here’s the thing: you can mix it all in a glass. No cocktail shakers required! The only thing you have to actually do is juice a lime. Pour it into the glass, and you’re good to go!

  1. Pour 1/4 cup vodka, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1/4 cup apple cider into a copper mug or serving glass of your choice. Add about 1/3 cup ginger beer.
  2. Add ice and garnish with lime. Done!
Apple cider mule

Tips for making it for a crowd!

Are you entertaining and don’t want to worry about measuring out each drink? Here’s what we would do:

  • Mix up 8 servings without ginger beer. That would be 2 cups vodka, 2 cups apple cider, and 1/2 cup lime juice.
  • In each copper mug, pour about 1/2 cup mixer and 1/3 cup ginger beer. The exact measurements are 4 1/2 ounces (9 tablespoons) mixer plus 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) ginger beer. But you don’t have to be that exact for an apple cider mule!

Do you have to serve a mule in a copper mug?

A traditional Moscow mule is served in a copper mug. Of course, you can serve this apple cider mule however you like! It looks great in a copper mug, but it also works in a low ball glass (try it with clear ice for a glamorous look). But there are two reasons why you’ll see this drink served in copper:

  • Drinking out of ice cold copper brings another sensory element. The copper turns ice cold with the drink, giving another element to a sip. You can really taste the difference!
  • Tradition! Back in the 1940’s, the drink was originally served in copper. Photos of Hollywood celebs drinking mules in copper mugs were all over the place. It caught on, and it’s still the traditional way to drink this cocktail!
  • Where to buy copper mugs for mules? You can use copper mugs for any type of drink, and they make great gifts, too. Here’s a link to some solid copper mugs on Amazon.
Fall moscow mule

More apple cider drinks

Apple cider is great for fall themed drinks! Here are some of our favorite ways to make boozy apple cider drinks:

  • Apple Cider Cocktail Pairs sweet cider with bourbon and lemon: the ideal fall or winter drink.
  • Apple Cider Sangria This cozy drink lets you drink sangria all season! It pairs apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon.
  • Apple Cider Slushie Easy to make and looks stunning: a frosty version of the tasty fall elixir.
  • Mulled Cider Perfect for entertaining! Infused with spices, you can make it in a slow cooker or on the stove.

When to serve an apple cider mule

The apple cider mule is a refreshing spin on this classic cocktail! Try it as a:

  • Fall cocktail or winter drink
  • Holiday party drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Apple cider mule

Apple Cider Mule


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This apple cider mule is festive and easy fall cocktail! This seasonal spin on the Moscow mule features cider and ginger beer.


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) ginger beer
  • For the garnish: lime wedge, thyme sprig or apple slice, sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a copper mug or glass, pour in the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice. Add the ginger beer.
  2. Add ice and garnish with a lime wedge and a thyme sprig or apple slice. If desired, sprinkle with a tiny hint of cinnamon. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Apple cider cocktail, cider cocktail

Moscow mule variations

There are so many different spins on the Moscow mule: it’s hard to know where to start! Here are some of our favorite variations:

  • Kentucky Mule Switch vodka for bourbon in this spin on the classic!
  • Mexican Mule or Mezcal Mule The bite of the tequila with spicy ginger and zingy lime makes it impossible not to immediately take another sip. Or try it with a hint of smoky mezcal.
  • Irish Mule Love Irish whiskey? Use that in your mule and you’ve got the Irish version.
  • Gin Gin Mule A modern classic! It’s essentially a mashup of a bubbly Moscow mule with gin and a minty Mojito.
  • Watermelon Mule A fruity spin starring that bright pink summer fruit.

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Honeycrisp Quinoa Salad with Kale and Pistachios.

Nothing beats this honeycrisp quinoa salad on a Monday. And it’s no secret that I love a good september salad!  Because kale, honeycrisps, and anything else I can grab to celebrate the seasons – the end of summer and start of fall –  are perfect together in one big bowl.  Years ago I made this […]

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Nothing beats this honeycrisp quinoa salad on a Monday.

honeycrisp quinoa salad with kale and pistachios

And it’s no secret that I love a good september salad! 

kale with quinoa and pistachios

Because kale, honeycrisps, and anything else I can grab to celebrate the seasons – the end of summer and start of fall –  are perfect together in one big bowl. 

chopped apples and feta

Years ago I made this harvest honey crisp salad. The cinnamon shallot vinaigrette is the star of the show in this one! And, the double nuts. 

Then, I made a september kale salad, with figs and apples and pancetta and goat cheese. All sounds incredible right? That’s topped off with a maple cider vinaigrette and it deeeelish.

See? I’m just a little into september salads…

honeycrisp quinoa salad with kale and pistachios

For today’s salad, I’m keeping the kale and honeycrisps, but adding in some quinoa for satiety, some feta cubes, pistachios for savory, buttery crunch and dried tart cherries. 

Oh my word. This is heaven. It has EVERYTHING.

And then! It’s all drizzled with an apple cider vinaigrette. If you love a salty+sweet combo, you will adore this. It’s amazing. 

Give me all the apple cider things!

apple cider dressing

The base is tuscan kale, which is my absolute favorite for salads. You can use curly green too, of course. When the kale is massaged (yes, it’s massaged!) with the dressing, it becomes tender and chewy, in a really good way. 

Then we have the crunch from the nuts. The big juicy chunks of apple. The feta cubes which are tangy and cheesy and lovely. Then sweet chewiness from the cherries.

honeycrisp quinoa salad with kale and pistachios

A salad like this is the perfect way to transition from summer to fall. It’s refreshing enough to hit the spot on warm late summer nights, but adds enough flavor to get you excited for autumn produce. 

Let it be dinner tonight!

honeycrisp quinoa salad with kale and pistachios

Honeycrisp Quinoa Salad with Kale and Pistachios

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Honeycrisp Quinoa Salad with Kale and Pistachios

This honeycrisp quinoa salad is made with kale, feta, pistachios, dried cherries and an incredible apple cider vinaigrette.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 large bunch lacinato kale, leaves removed from stems (you want 4 to 6 cups)
  • 2 honey crisp apples cubed
  • 6 ounces feta cheese cubed
  • cup dried tart cherries
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted pistachios

apple cider vinaigrette

  • cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced or pressed
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • This is a great dish to use up leftover quinoa, but if you don’t have it made, start with that! Make a batch of quinoa first and while it cooks (it will take about 15 minutes), chop your other ingredients.
  • Chop the kale and place it in a bowl. Drizzle it with about 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinaigrette and massage the kale with your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes.
  • If you are using just-cooked quinoa (so it's warm), you can put it over the kale to wilt it a bit. If it's cold or room temp, that is fine too. Once the kale has rested, add in the quinoa, apples, feta, pistachios and cherries. Toss well and drizzle on more of the dressing. Serve!
  • This salad stays surprisingly well overnight - the apples may slightly brown a bit, but if you seal it in a container, the leftovers are great.

apple cider vinaigrette

  • Whisk together the apple cider, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Whisk constantly while streaming in the olive oil. This dressing stays great sealed in the fridge for a few days.

honeycrisp quinoa salad with kale and pistachios

Bite of perfection, right there!

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Apple Muffins with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

Apple Muffins with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
These apple-cinnamon muffins pack huge apple flavor thanks to apple cider and chopped apples, with a fabulous cinnamon-sugar crunch on top.
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Apple Muffins with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

These apple-cinnamon muffins pack huge apple flavor thanks to apple cider and chopped apples, with a fabulous cinnamon-sugar crunch on top.

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Kir Normand

Almost everyone knows what a Kir Royal is; a flute of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and Champagne or sparkling wine.
But in Normandy and Brittany, the drink takes a decidedly regional turn, and becomes a Kir Normandy if made with Calvados (ap…

Almost everyone knows what a Kir Royal is; a flute of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and Champagne or sparkling wine.

But in Normandy and Brittany, the drink takes a decidedly regional turn, and becomes a Kir Normandy if made with Calvados (apple brandy), or Kir Breton, if made with Breton apple brandy, known as Lambig.

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Pomegranate Cider Pork Loin Roast with Rosemary Smashed Potatoes.

Pomegranate pork loin roast is about to make you win dinner this season.  I’m back again with another holiday meal for you today. An almost complete holiday meal! Last week I shared our favorite espresso beef tenderloin with truffle sage risotto. And today, we’re going with this delish pomegranate pork roast and smashed potatoes. Deeeelish.  […]

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Pomegranate pork loin roast is about to make you win dinner this season. 

This pork loin roast is perfect for the holiday or winter season! Pomegranate and cider glazed, it's wonderful! Serve with smashed rosemary potatoes.

I’m back again with another holiday meal for you today. An almost complete holiday meal!

Last week I shared our favorite espresso beef tenderloin with truffle sage risotto. And today, we’re going with this delish pomegranate pork roast and smashed potatoes.

Deeeelish. 

pork loin roast

I call this “almost complete” because all you really have to do is choose your veggie side. I’m going with my sweet and spicy brussels, but you could choose parmesan roasted broccoli or even sicilian cauliflower.

And let’s be real: a holiday meal is rarely complete without some sort of bread, so you might have a cloverleaf or parker house roll, as well as a salad on the side.

And NOW it’s complete.

pan gravy

It’s no secret how much we love love love pork tenderloin – I’ve stuffed many here on the blog and this holiday one from last year is incredible. 

This is another way to enjoy pork with loads of flavor – and you don’t even have to go to the trouble of stuffing it. The flavor on the outside is wonderful, and just like the beef tenderloin, roasting it in a roasting pan creates this fantastic pan sauce. 

I like to thicken it up and use it as gravy. 

This pork loin roast is perfect for the holiday or winter season! Pomegranate and cider glazed, it's wonderful! Serve with smashed rosemary potatoes.

Oh and I also slide some sliced garlic cloves into the roast! Before roasting.

Just LOOK at that caramely top.

This pork loin roast is perfect for the holiday or winter season! Pomegranate and cider glazed, it's wonderful! Serve with smashed rosemary potatoes.

On the side of the pork, were serving some delish rosemary smashed potatoes! Smashed potatoes made like this are Eddie’s favorite way to eat mashed potatoes. While I prefer the potatoes to be peeled before mashing, Eddie loves when the skin is kept on and you mash it all together.

I took a cue from my crispy smashed rosemary butter potatoes and infused these potatoes with rosemary butter too.

OH MY WORD.

Hello heaven in a bowl. You will not be able (or want) to stay away from this comfort food.

They are incredible with a capital I. 

rosemary smashed potatoes

I love that little swimming pool of butter up there. Just about to dive on in.

pomegranate cider pork roast

This meal would always be my choice over a Christmas ham. I’ve never been a huge fan of ham and I think a holiday pork roast is a billion times better! 

This pork loin roast is perfect for the holiday or winter season! Pomegranate and cider glazed, it's wonderful! Serve with smashed rosemary potatoes.

And much like the espresso tenderloin, the leftovers make fantastic sandwiches the next day!

Because that’s basically the best part.

This pork loin roast is perfect for the holiday or winter season! Pomegranate and cider glazed, it's wonderful! Serve with smashed rosemary potatoes.

Pomegranate Pork Loin Roast

Pomegranate Cider Pork Loin Roast with Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

This pork loin roast is perfect for the holiday or winter season! Pomegranate and cider glazed, it’s wonderful! Serve with smashed rosemary potatoes.

  • 1 2 to 3 pound pork loin roast, tied with string (ask your butcher to do this)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate molasses
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 sweet onion, (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves, (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup cream
  • pomegranate arils, (for garnish and serving)
  • Brussels sprouts, (for serving on the side)

rosemary smashed potatoes

  • 3 pounds baby yukon gold potatoes
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the pomegranate molasses and apple cider.
  3. Place the pork in a roasting pan. Add the onions around it. If desired, you can cut slits into the pork roast and place the garlic slices inside! Otherwise, just add the garlic to the pan with hte onions.
  4. Brush the pork all over the with pomegranate cider mixture, then pour the rest on top. Season with the salt and pepper.
  5. Roast the pork for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and roast for 45 minutes more, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. It is SO important to use a meat thermometer here – this way, the pork can stay moist!
  6. Remove the pork from the roasting pan and place it on the cutting board. Let the pork sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.
  7. In the meantime, place the roasting pan (leave the onions in it) over medium-low heat. Stir in the stock and cream and bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it’s slightly thickened. This pan sauce creates a delicious optional gravy.
  8. Slice the pork roast and serve it with a sprinkling of pomegranate arils, the brussels, smashed potatoes and pan sauce.

rosemary smashed potatoes

  1. While the pork is roasting, make your potatoes. Fill a pot with the potatoes, cover them with cold water and add a few pinches of salt. Bring the pot to a boil. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add in the garlic and rosemary. Turn off the heat.
  3. Once the potatoes are tender, drain the water and add the potatoes back to the pot. Begin to mash them (skin and all!) with a potato masher or fork. Stream in the melted rosemary butter. Add in the salt and pepper. Smash some more and taste. If desired, season with more salt and pepper.

This pork loin roast is perfect for the holiday or winter season! Pomegranate and cider glazed, it's wonderful! Serve with smashed rosemary potatoes.

Is this acceptable to eat for breakfast? Asking for a friend.

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Mulled Cider

Mulled cider is the very best cozy drink! Infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves, you can make it in a slow cooker or on the stove. Here’s a recipe for gray days and chilly evenings by the fire: mulled cider! Not only will it lift your spirits, it makes your kitchen smell like a candle shop. Alex and I made it for friends the other day, and instantly everyone gathered around the pot, chattering and cupping their hands around the warm mugs. Yes, it cultivates community too! Mulled cider is great for entertaining (like Thanksgiving and Christmas), and it’s easy to make on the stove or a slow cooker. Ready to get started? What are mulled cider spices? Mulled cider is made with whole spices, which infuse the entire drink with that signature cozy flavor. If you taste straight apple cider, you’ll find the flavor is crisp and apple forward. But after simmering with mulling spices, the flavor blossoms into something warm and spiced. Because dried and ground spices would end up making the drink cloudy, you’ll use whole spices for the simmering. Mulled cider spices include: Cinnamon sticks Cloves Allspice berries Whole nutmeg Star anise Star anise is the […]

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Mulled cider is the very best cozy drink! Infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves, you can make it in a slow cooker or on the stove.

Mulled cider

Here’s a recipe for gray days and chilly evenings by the fire: mulled cider! Not only will it lift your spirits, it makes your kitchen smell like a candle shop. Alex and I made it for friends the other day, and instantly everyone gathered around the pot, chattering and cupping their hands around the warm mugs. Yes, it cultivates community too! Mulled cider is great for entertaining (like Thanksgiving and Christmas), and it’s easy to make on the stove or a slow cooker. Ready to get started?

Mulled cider

What are mulled cider spices?

Mulled cider is made with whole spices, which infuse the entire drink with that signature cozy flavor. If you taste straight apple cider, you’ll find the flavor is crisp and apple forward. But after simmering with mulling spices, the flavor blossoms into something warm and spiced. Because dried and ground spices would end up making the drink cloudy, you’ll use whole spices for the simmering. Mulled cider spices include:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Allspice berries
  • Whole nutmeg
  • Star anise

Star anise is the most unique of all these mulled cider spices. It’s star-shaped and is available at most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can also buy star anise online.

Mulled cider spices

Tips for making the best mulled cider

While mulled cider isn’t rocket science, there are a few things to keep in mind when making this cozy drink. Here’s what makes this recipe your new go-to:

  • Toast the spices first. Toasting the spices for a few minutes in the pot or a skillet helps to release even more of their flavor during the simmering time. (This kick starts the incredible aroma!)
  • Garnish last. If you cook mulled cider with fruit like orange slices and apple slices, they’ll fall to the bottom and the color will fade. Instead, use them as a garnish after cooking: it looks beautiful for serving!
  • Strain if desired. Some brands of apple cider have some particulate in the bottom of the jug. This is completely expected! You can strain off any particulate that rises to the top, or just stir to re-incorporate it.
Mulled cider

Three methods: Stovetop, Slow Cooker, Instant Pot!

There are a few different ways to make mulled cider: each have pros and cons! Here’s a breakdown:

  • Stovetop method: The quickest! Only takes 1 hour. The only thing is you’ll have to watch to make sure that it stays on the lowest warming setting: it shouldn’t even come to a simmer.
  • Slow cooker method: Takes 3 hours. Totally hands off, it’s great for times when you can throw ingredients in the slow cooker while you prep other foods. Also, you can leave it on the warm setting and serve it right out of the Crock Pot.
  • Instant Pot method: Same advantages as above! Use this version if you have a pressure cooker and not a slow cooker.
Spiked mulled cider

Step it up: make spiked mulled cider!

This mulled cider is fabulous on it’s own, but you can step it up by stirring in rum at the end! The rum adds a bit of warmth and takes it to another level. Spiked mulled cider is the perfect party drink! If you’re serving a party where not everyone is drinking, you could also leave out the rum and let guests add a splash to their own drinks. The quantity in the recipe below adds only 1/2 tablespoon rum per glass: so all you need is a small swig!

Mulled cider

More cozy drinks

Looking for more cozy drinks like this one? Some of our favorite warming drinks for the season are:

  • Vegan Hot Chocolate or Gingerbread Hot Chocolate: No need for pre-made packets! Homemade hot chocolate is easy to make and turns out creamy and chocolatey.
  • Apple Cider Sangria: This cozy sangria pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.
  • Mulled Wine: Why not make mulled wine, too? Simmer red wine with orange zest, cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice and honey. This cozy drink will warm you from the inside out!

This mulled cider is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free.

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Mulled cider

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

Mulled cider is the very best cozy drink! Infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves, you can make it in a slow cooker or on the stove (and enjoy that aroma!).


Ingredients

  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 10 allspice berries
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider*
  • 1/4 cup rum, optional
  • 1 small orange, for garnish
  • Whole cranberries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Toast the spices: Add the nutmeg, allspice, cloves, star anise and cinnamon to the bottom of a pot (or to a skillet for Slow Cooker instructions). Toast over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  2. Stovetop cooking instructions: Turn the heat to low. Pour in the apple cider and bring to below a simmer, just barely bubbling. Warm for 1 hour on low heat (don’t let it simmer). Skim off any particulate if desired, or stir to re-incorporate it.
  3. Slow Cooker & Instant Pot instructions: Place the apple cider in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) with the spices. Cook on low for 3 hours OR Normal using the Instant Pot “Slow Cooker” setting.
  4. If using, stir in the rum. Garnish with orange slices and cranberries, then serve.

Notes

*Doubles easily, and fits into a standard slow cooker or Instant Pot.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop / Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mulled Cider, Hot Mulled Cider, Mulled Cider Spices, Mulled Cider Recipe

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Apple Cider Slushie

Ready for the best fall drink? This apple cider slushie is so easy to make and looks stunning! With a hint of cinnamon and cloves, it’s perfectly cozy. No fall is complete without a trip to the apple orchard (in our minds, at least!). This year, after we picked our apples with friends, our son Larson and I got an apple cider slushie to share. Man, was it refreshing! The slushie was just sweet enough, the perfect beverage for a crisp fall day. Of course, my first thought was: I have to make this at home! Alex and I got to cooking, and came up with how to do it. Here’s that apple cider slushie: it’s got a pure cider flavor and a cozy hint of cinnamon and cloves. Best of all, it looks stunning for fall entertaining or leaf peeping! Here’s how to make it. How to an apple cider slushie: two methods It couldn’t be easier to make a homemade apple cider slushie: don’t worry, you don’t need a slushie machine! There are two different methods for making it: the ice cream machine method, and the blender method. Here are the pros and cons of both. Method 1: […]

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Ready for the best fall drink? This apple cider slushie is so easy to make and looks stunning! With a hint of cinnamon and cloves, it’s perfectly cozy.

Apple cider slushie

No fall is complete without a trip to the apple orchard (in our minds, at least!). This year, after we picked our apples with friends, our son Larson and I got an apple cider slushie to share. Man, was it refreshing! The slushie was just sweet enough, the perfect beverage for a crisp fall day. Of course, my first thought was: I have to make this at home! Alex and I got to cooking, and came up with how to do it. Here’s that apple cider slushie: it’s got a pure cider flavor and a cozy hint of cinnamon and cloves. Best of all, it looks stunning for fall entertaining or leaf peeping! Here’s how to make it.

Apple cider slushie

How to an apple cider slushie: two methods

It couldn’t be easier to make a homemade apple cider slushie: don’t worry, you don’t need a slushie machine! There are two different methods for making it: the ice cream machine method, and the blender method. Here are the pros and cons of both.

Method 1: Ice cream maker

The ice cream maker method is the quickest method: it takes just 10 minutes to make a slushie! All you have to do is mix together the cider and spices and pour it in! It comes together with the perfect slushie texture. The down side is that you have to have an ice cream maker! Here’s the 2 quart ice cream maker Alex and I use: see the section below on why we think it’s worth your while to have one.

Method 2: Blender

The blender method takes a little longer, but you don’t need an ice cream maker! All you need is a blender, which we assume you probably have on hand. In this method, you’ll mix together the cider and spices and freeze them in ice cube trays. Then freeze them until they’re solid, about 3 to 4 hours depending on your freezer. When you’re ready to make the apple cider slushies, you’ll blend the ice cubes with a splash of cider to help it blend.

Apple cider slushie

Serving an apple cider slushie (and can you make it spiked?)

The best part about this apple cider slushie is the garnish, I think! Alex made up little apple slices for the garnish. And those red and white striped straws look just perfect, right? (His idea.) You can serve the slushie in any glasses: stemless wine glasses look particularly good.

Want to make a spiked apple cider slushie instead? We haven’t tried it, but looks like you could blend in about 1 cup bourbon into the mix to make a boozy slushie. Or, you can try it warm: we have a great recipe for Spiked Apple Cider.

And that’s all: how to make this perfect fall drink! Let us know if you try it in the comments below.

Apple cider slushie

What’s the best ice cream maker?

What’s the best ice cream maker? Alex and I use this 2 quart ice cream maker and love it: it’s high quality, durable, and works every time. We previously had an ice cream maker that didn’t get the ice cream cold enough and turned out melty, so that’s saying something!

An ice cream maker is a great holiday or birthday present to ask for, if you don’t want to splurge for it. Outside of an apple cider slushie, you can make ice cream like Salted Chocolate Vegan Ice Cream or our favorite, Jamoca Almond Fudge! Or our Lemon Gelato is a must try.

A few more fall drink recipes…

Looking for more fall drink recipes? Try our stunning Fall Sangria, Pumpkin Spiced Ice Coffee, or Mulled Wine.

This apple cider slushie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Apple cider slushie

Apple Cider Slushie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Ready for the best fall drink? This apple cider slushie is so easy to make and looks stunning! With a hint of cinnamon and cloves, it’s perfectly cozy.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • Apple slices, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Stir together all ingredients.
  2. Ice cream maker method: Churn in an ice cream maker for 8 to 10 minutes until it has a frozen texture.
  3. Blender method: Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze 3 to 4 hours until solid. Then process in a high speed blender, with a splash of cider to help blend.
  4. Pour into 4 glasses. Garnish with an apple slice and serve immediately.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Fall

Keywords: Apple Cider Slushie, Cider Slushie, Fall Drink

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Hocus Pocus Punch. (p.s. it’s a mocktail!)

On tap for the next week: hocus pocus punch! This fun Halloween punch is actually a mocktail.  I have so many delish fall cocktails that I wanted to make something for you that truly everyone could enjoy.  And here we are. As a true original Hocus Pocus lover, I feel like I can’t even mention […]

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On tap for the next week: hocus pocus punch!

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

This fun Halloween punch is actually a mocktail. 

I have so many delish fall cocktails that I wanted to make something for you that truly everyone could enjoy. 

And here we are.

halloween punch

As a true original Hocus Pocus lover, I feel like I can’t even mention the movie these days because it’s become such a millennial thing! Such a cult classic. I am obviously a millennial and I did loooove Hocus Pocus. This punch has nothing to do with the movie but I’ve always loved the name. Heck, I probably loved the term hocus pocus before the movie became a thing.

But!

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

Can I tell you about why I loved Hocus Pocus so much? 

It was Bette Midler. Alllll Bette Midler. I actually saw Hocus Pocus in the theater (it came out in the summer!) because I loved her so much. I don’t even think I knew (or thought)it was a Halloween movie!

Even though I was barely tween, and later, of course I would fall head over heels all things that Sarah Jessica Parker touched (they turn to gold!), in the 90s for me, it was all Bette.

My mom adored her and we listened to her albums. We watched Beaches on repeat (I can’t even watch it now because it’s so.darn.sad) and since she was obsessed with her, I was obsessed with her too! We would belt out all her music in the car and to this day, I get a huge wave of nostalgic when I hear her sing. 

I don’t know what it is. 

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

So that’s my hocus pocus story.

And this is my hocus pocus punch!

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

Apple cider, cranberry, orange, ginger and all sorts of delicious things. No real ties to the film, but lots of fun to make and drink while you WATCH the film.

If you’re not doing apple cider sangria, that is.

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

Hocus Pocus Punch

Hocus Pocus Punch

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans orange seltzer
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 oranges, (sliced)
  • 2 apples, (sliced)
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer
  1. Combine the apple cider, juice, orange seltzer, ginger ale and maraschino cherry juice in a pitcher or large bowl. Add the cherries, orange slices and apple slices. Stir and serve!

It’s the best fruity, bubbly potion.

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Caramel Apple Old Fashioned.

A dreamy caramel apple old fashioned is just what your Thursday needs.  I’m ridiculously excited to share this DELICIOUS concoction with you. I love a quick little drink that I can make in a single glass. Because! There are weekends that I want to make a big pitcher of cider sangria and weekends that I […]

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A dreamy caramel apple old fashioned is just what your Thursday needs. 

This caramel apple old fashioned will warm you up this fall! Bourbon, homemade cider caramel, apple cider and bitters make this super delish.

I’m ridiculously excited to share this DELICIOUS concoction with you. I love a quick little drink that I can make in a single glass.

Because!

There are weekends that I want to make a big pitcher of cider sangria and weekends that I want to make a single warming drink like a whiskey sour or what not. You know? Depends on the weather, our plans, my mood, my to-do list. All that jazz.

homemade apple cider caramel

And depends on if there is caramel in the fridge.

homemade apple cider caramel

This one starts with quick cider caramel. It makes a bit, because I didn’t want to scale down the recipe and just make two tablespoons! So make this vat of caramel and stick it in your fridge. You can make pumpkin donuts or cider churros and dip them into the caramel! Or even salted apple fritters!

You will be happy you did it. I promise.

This caramel apple old fashioned will warm you up this fall! Bourbon, homemade cider caramel, apple cider and bitters make this super delish.

So it’s all about the shaking. I know that an old fashioned isn’t always… shaked? Shook? But we gotta mix things up with the caramel. We use bourbon, a dash of bitters, apple cider instead of water or sugar and caramel sauce to replace the sugar for sure. 

Guys. It’s GOOD. 

The first time we tested this, I was so hesitant to take a sip. I figured there was no way I’d like it. 

Once sip and I was in shock. It was incredible. So, so good. Yes, it has a bit more sweetness that your traditional old fashioned would have, but it’s FABULOUS.

And if the sweet isn’t you thing but you’d still like to make this, add more bourbon to the mix! Takes the sugar edge off. Ha. 

This caramel apple old fashioned will warm you up this fall! Bourbon, homemade cider caramel, apple cider and bitters make this super delish.

Because this is my favorite time of year, I’m starting to get sad and panicky that it’s going too fast. I wish fall could last forever.

I keep making sure that we’re checking all the fall festivals, pumpkin patches, autumn drives and beer cheese recipes off our bucket list. And sangrias and festive drinks that you never make any other time of year. Plus now a new one. Because everyone needs a caramel apple cocktail! 

This caramel apple old fashioned will warm you up this fall! Bourbon, homemade cider caramel, apple cider and bitters make this super delish.

Caramel Apple Old Fashioned

Caramel Apple Old Fashioned

This caramel apple old fashioned will warm you up this fall! Bourbon, homemade cider caramel, apple cider and bitters make this super delish.

old fashioned

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon homemade cider caramel, (recipe below)
  • green apples, (thinly sliced, for garnished)

quick cider caramel

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cinnamon

old fashioned

  1. Fill a glass with ice. Add the bourbon, bitters, cider and caramel to a cocktail shaker and shake for a few seconds until combined. Pour over ice and garnish with green apple slices.

quick cider caramel

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk to combine, then cook and stir until the mixture is bubbling. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until it slightly thickens and is smooth. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature – it will thicken as it cools. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge.

This caramel apple old fashioned will warm you up this fall! Bourbon, homemade cider caramel, apple cider and bitters make this super delish.

Maybe we should just drink that.

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Apple Cider Donut Cake with Brown Butter.

Apple cider donut cake was made for this weekend!  I love this month so much. This time of year, this first October weekend. Eeeeep. I am here for it and it is finally feeling like fall so it’s time to celebrate. Give me all the donuts or cake or doughnut cake. I’m rounding out (my […]

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Apple cider donut cake was made for this weekend! 

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

I love this month so much. This time of year, this first October weekend. Eeeeep. I am here for it and it is finally feeling like fall so it’s time to celebrate. Give me all the donuts or cake or doughnut cake.

apple cider cake batter

I’m rounding out (my unintentional) comfort food week here on the blog with an apple cider doughnut cake that is heavenly. It’s soft and fluffy and covered in cinnamon sugar. 

And plus, since it’s called a doughnut cake, it’s totally acceptable to eat it for breakfast.

Right? 

apple cake ready to bake

Also! I (almost) promise that this will be my last apple dessert of the season. I mean, I think we’re good with salted apple fritters, an apple cheddar galette and an apple cider doughnut cake. There is something for everyone! 

You’re set for all the autumn festivities as well as Thanksgiving. YEP.

Freaking pumped for the season!

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

I get so excited because my kids are both just as obsessed with apple cider and cider treats as I am. While I don’t feel like I can perfect the best apple cider doughnut itself (my favorite is from soergel orchards! Best ever!), a cake is another thing.

Making a big donut cake means that we can all enjoy it and I don’t have to fry each donut piece by piece. Love it. Oh and that we can have leftovers for a few days too. At least… maybe we can.

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

This cake has a little extra step that can make it slightly high maintenance. I used this recipe as the base and it calls for simmering a whole apple in apple cider! That sounded riiiiight up my alley. The first time I made this, we did just that, then pureed the mixture as the recipe called for. But by the second time, I simmed and mashed the apples with a fork and it was all good. No need to dirty another kitchen appliance!

This step is basically like making your own (heavily cider flavored!) applesauce, so you can just use a cup of applesauce in a pinch. 

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

But!

I will say that making it like this, with the apples AND apple cider? Super flavorful. I’ll take the extra step for flavor. And if you’re really pressed for time, you could always do that part of the recipe the night before. Measure out your ingredients, then bake it the next day. YUM.

The scent, taste and appearance of this is absolutely perfect for a fall morning.

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

It’s so soft. And fluffy. It’s light, but satisfying. Like one big donut. And crunchy on the outside from the cinnamon sugar.

OH and p.s. you’re going to brush the whole cake with brown butter before the cinnamon sugar sprinkle.

It’s unreal.

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

I think I’ve thoroughly convinced you that this has to happen today! Friday treat, hello.

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

Apple Cider Donut Cake

Apple Cider Donut Cake

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It’s incredible!

  • 1 large honeycrisp apple, (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, (softened)
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs

brown butter

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

cinnamon sugar

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Place the chopped apple and apple cider in a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Brind the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cook until the apple is soft and the cider is absorbed. Use a fork to mash the apple as much as possible. You don’t want any large chunks! Measure out 1 cup of the apple mixture. Stir in the oil, milk and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until cream. Beat in the sugar until the mixture is fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in each egg one at a time until fully combined.
  5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the apple cider/milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. I like to do this in three increments, so add a fourth of the dry ingredients, then a third of the liquid, and so on until you finish with the dry ingredients, beating until just combined.
  6. Spread the batter into the greased bundt pan, smoothing out the top with a spatula. Bake the cake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a tested inserted in the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then gently removed the cake from the pan. Let the cake cool completely.
  7. To brown the butter, place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and immediately begin whisking. Stir as it bubbles, and after 2 to 3 minutes or so you should see brown bits appear on the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat immediately and continue to whisk for another 30 seconds.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  9. Brush the cake all over with the brown butter. Sprinkle and press the cinnamon sugar into the cake right after brushing with the brown butter. You can rub the sugar onto the sides and the center so it sticks. Serve as desired!

slightly adapted from serious eats

This apple cider donut cake is a huge fall crowd pleaser! Covered in cinnamon sugar and fluffy to perfection. It's incredible!

Yep. Total breakfast food. 

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