Apple Harvest Punch Recipe

A refreshing, whiskey punch we’re calling apple harvest punch! It’s made with apple cider, lemon juice, whiskey and ginger simple syrup. It’s great for a fall gathering, pumpkin carving party, Thanksgiving or a cheese gathering! We lo…

A refreshing, whiskey punch we’re calling apple harvest punch! It’s made with apple cider, lemon juice, whiskey and ginger simple syrup. It’s great for a fall gathering, pumpkin carving party, Thanksgiving or a cheese gathering! We love this recipe because it’s simple to make and has the best fall flavors like apple cider and ginger. […]

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The Best Baked Apple Cider Donuts

You will go crazy over these melt in your mouth, baked apple cider donuts! The flavor is full of fall favorites such as apple cider and warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon with a hint of orange zest. The donuts are moist, fluffy and one of the best app…

You will go crazy over these melt in your mouth, baked apple cider donuts! The flavor is full of fall favorites such as apple cider and warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon with a hint of orange zest. The donuts are moist, fluffy and one of the best apple cider donut recipes we’ve ever had. We […]

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Far From the Tree: Apple-Pear Cocktail

  The other day I was thinking of cocktails that were fall and winter-friendly. Calvados (apple brandy) of course is always in season, but I also had a bottle of spiced pear liqueur from St. George Spirits in California on hand that has a lovely pear flavor mingled with a bouquet of spices, that I’ve been meaning to incorporate into a cocktail. I had a…

 

The other day I was thinking of cocktails that were fall and winter-friendly. Calvados (apple brandy) of course is always in season, but I also had a bottle of spiced pear liqueur from St. George Spirits in California on hand that has a lovely pear flavor mingled with a bouquet of spices, that I’ve been meaning to incorporate into a cocktail.

I had a hunch that it would be well-paired with French apple brandy, and that hunch proved correct in this Far From the Tree cocktail, a nod to the expression that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” as the apple brandy – and the sparkling apple cider – fell into my kitchen, which are quite far from any trees. But happily, they all made it into my glass.

(And I’m hoping that all made sense. I’ve been trying to translate some American expressions for my French partner, especially “They drank the Kool-Aid,” which I’ve decided just isn’t translatable.)

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Apple Cider Mimosas

This may be a no-brainer for my cocktail aficionado friends, but for those who aren’t naturally cocktail savvy, allow me to present these Apple Cider Mimosas, which are the perfect simple daytime cocktail for Thanksgiving.

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This may be a no-brainer for my cocktail aficionado friends, but for those who aren’t naturally cocktail savvy, allow me to present these Apple Cider Mimosas, which are the perfect, simple daytime cocktail for Thanksgiving. Chances are you have some apple cider on hand (especially if you’re making my Cider Roasted Turkey Breast), and maybe some fresh rosemary, so just pick up a bottle of sparkling wine and you’re in business! 🥂

three apple cider mimosas with apples and a bottle of wine in the back

What Kind of Sparkline Wine Should I Use?

While you can use just about any sparkling wine that you have available, I prefer a dry or brut sparkling wine because apple cider is already extremely sweet. Since apple cider also has quite a powerful flavor, it can also help mask subtle flavor differences in your wine. In other words, you don’t have to buy anything super high quality. ;) I just used a $7.49 bottle of Tourner brut sparkling wine from ALDI. And if all the varieties of sparkling wines confuse the heck out of you, this article about Champagne vs. Prosecco is a great place to start.

Sparkling wine being poured into a flute with cider

What Kind of Cider Should I Use?

Again, this drink is extremely flexible. I used an inexpensive cider, but I think it would be really fun to use a fresh local cider if that’s something that is available in your area. You can also experiment with steeping the cider in some mulling spices, then chilling it before making the mimosas.

Make Your Own Mix

I kept the formula simple, with a 50/50 ratio of cider to wine, but as any mimosa drinker knows, you can tweak that to be any ratio that you like. Want a full glass of sparkling wine with just a splash of cider? Go for it! Want mostly cider with just a tickle of bubbles? You got it! This drink requires no expertise, no skill, just pour and drink. ;)

one apple cider mimosa held close to the camera
sparkling wine being poured into a champagne flute in a group of three flutes

Apple Cider Mimosas

Just two simple ingredients and one optional fresh garnish make these Apple Cider Mimosas the easiest holiday cocktail around.
Total Cost $1.46 each
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 145.2kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. apple cider $0.18
  • 4 oz. sparkling wine $1.18
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (optional garnish) $0.10

Instructions

  • Make sure the cider and sparkling wine are chilled. Pour four ounces (½ cup) cider into a champagne flute, followed by 4 ounces (½ cup) sparkling wine. Top with a sprig of fresh rosemary as a garnish, then serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 145.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 5mg | Fiber: 0.3g
sparkling wine being poured into a champagne flute in a group of three flutes

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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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