French Harvest Spritz

I discovered the Spritz many years ago when I went to espresso-making school in Trieste, Italy, and wondered what those big, icy orange drinks everyone was drinking at aperitivo hour were. I found out they were Spritzes, a drink also with roots in Aus…

I discovered the Spritz many years ago when I went to espresso-making school in Trieste, Italy, and wondered what those big, icy orange drinks everyone was drinking at aperitivo hour were. I found out they were Spritzes, a drink also with roots in Austria, that was widely enjoyed by people in the Veneto region.

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Spiked Apple Cider

This hot spiked apple cider recipe hits all the cozy notes! Rum or bourbon perfectly complement the cinnamon, cloves, and…

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This hot spiked apple cider recipe hits all the cozy notes! Rum or bourbon perfectly complement the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

Spiked Apple Cider

There’s nothing better than a warm drink in hand when the weather is chilly. Here’s a classic that’s required for fall, in our opinion: Hot Spiked Apple Cider! There’s something about the combination of sweet cinnamon and cloves with the subtle spicy finish of rum or bourbon that’s absolutely soul warming. The liquor melds seamlessly into the hot cider, making a smooth sip and a cozy finish. This recipe has just the right balance of spices with alcohol: and a side benefit: it makes your kitchen smell like a fall candle.

What’s in this spiked apple cider recipe?

Apple cider is a drink that’s been around for thousands of years, dating back to the Romans in 55 BC! This spiked apple cider recipe is simmered with mulling spices, then combined with bourbon or rum for a tasty finish. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • High-quality apple cider, preferably from your farmers market or local orchard. Look for unfiltered cider, which maintains the best flavor and color. If you’re in a time crunch and want to make your life super easy, you can always buy a pre-spiced apple cider and add rum to that.
  • Whole spices: cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. Make sure to use the whole versions of these spices, not ground, which is key to getting the best flavor. Star anise is the most unique of these spices to the American kitchen: it should be available at most grocery stores or you can buy star anise online.
Apple cider spices

How to make spiced apple cider: basic method

Making this hot spiked apple cider recipe is incredibly easy: all you need is time! Here are the basic steps:

  • Toast the spices: Toast the spices for a few minutes on the stovetop. This releases their fragrance (and makes your kitchen smell amazing).
  • Simmer: Add the apple cider and heat until warmed through, about 30 minutes. You can also use a slow cooker or Instant Pot: see below.
  • Filter: You’ll notice that particulate rises to the top of the cider while it’s cooking. Use a fine mesh strainer or sieve to strain it off (or you can pour it through a strainer into another pot).
  • Spike it: Add the rum or bourbon all at once, or add about 2 ounces to each 1 cup serving. Spiking each drink separately lets you serve both non-alcoholic hot cider and spiked cider at the same time!
Spiked Cider

Serving spiked apple cider for a party

Here are a few tips if you plan on serving this warming drink at a party!

  • Double or triple it: You’ll need to use a larger pot to accommodate.
  • Consider Crockpot or Instant Pot: Using a slow cooker to keep the spiked cider warm is great for parties. Head to our Slow Cooker Apple Cider.
  • Spike the drinks individually: When you’re serving a crowd, it’s nice to have the flexibility to spike the cider for each person individually. Then the drink works for both kids and adults.

Use bourbon or rum

What’s the best alcohol to use for a spiked apple cider recipe? Rum or bourbon are the best choices. Any type of rum works: white rum, aged rum, or dark rum (aged or dark will add more flavor complexity with vanilla and oak notes). Any type of bourbon works as well! The rum melds more seamlessly into the flavor of cider, making it our top choice. Bourbon is a close second, and has a slightly more prominent flavor on the finish.

Hot Spiked Apple Cider Recipe

More cozy drinks

Outside of this spiked apple cider recipe, there are so many winter drinks and hot cocktails to try! Try these cozy options:

This hot spiked apple cider recipe is…

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

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Spiked Apple Cider

Spiked Apple Cider


  • Author: A Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 drinks
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This hot spiked apple cider recipe hits all the cozy notes! Rum or bourbon perfectly complement the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.


Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup rum (of any kind) or bourbon
  • For the garnish: star anise, cinnamon stick, orange slice

Instructions

  1. Toast the spices: Add the spices to the bottom of a pot*. Toast over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  2. Simmer: Turn the heat to low. Pour in the apple cider and bring to below a simmer, just barely bubbling. Set a timer for 30 minutes and reduce to low heat (don’t let it simmer).
  3. Filter: Skim off any particulate that rises to the top of the pot using a fine mesh sieve or strainer (or you can pour it through a strainer into another pot). 
  4. Serve: Pour in the rum or bourbon (or add 2 ounces to each 1 cup serving). Ladle into 8 mugs. If desired, garnish with star anise, cinnamon stick, or an orange slice.

Notes

*Or, go to Crockpot Apple Cider for slow cooker or Instant Pot instructions. Make the cider, then add the rum or bourbon before serving. 

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Spiked apple cider, spiked apple cider recipe, spiked cider, spiked hot apple cider

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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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Hot Pomegranate Cider.

Time to cuddle up with a mug of pomegranate cider! It’s spiced and fruity and warm and if you dollop it with whipped cream, you will be in HEAVEN. Okay so… embarrassingly enough, this is not the first time I have made a recipe after a candle. I mean, I have made many. Many many […]

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Time to cuddle up with a mug of pomegranate cider!

hot pomegranate cider with whipped cream

It’s spiced and fruity and warm and if you dollop it with whipped cream, you will be in HEAVEN.

pouring hot pomegranate cider in mug

Okay so… embarrassingly enough, this is not the first time I have made a recipe after a candle. I mean, I have made many. Many many many! 

Back in the day I was a crazy candle lady. I even worked retail at yankee candle part time when I quit my job to blog full time. Considering I just talked about my favorite fall candles, I guess that I could still be considered crazy. But trust me – the obsession? It’s nothing like it was before.

Anyway!

Waaaay back then, they had a pomegranate cider candle and I loveeed it so much. Like, almost more than apple cider. It was just incredible – spiced but sweet, not overly sweet, and all sorts of fall feels. It smelled good enough to eat.

hot pomegranate cider with dried apple slices

So here we are a decade later and I still can’t stop thinking about pomegranate cider. I’ve made a few pomegranate + apple cider drinks in the past, like these pomegranate cider mimosas and this sparkling pomegranate cider punch mocktail.

But! I wanted to do a hot version. Like warm, cozy apple cider, but pomegranate. Infused with brown sugar and spices and maybe even served with a dollop of whipped cream. Sounds amazing, right?! Head over to my instagram to see me make this step-by-step for you. 

hot pomegranate cider

Heaven knows we all need some coziness right now! 

hot pomegranate cider

This cider simmers on the stove just like apple cider or mulled wine – it makes your house smell incredible. Simmer for a few minutes then pour into a glass and serve while it’s piping hot. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, or a dollop of whipped cream or a shake of cinnamon.

And if you’re really feeling it, add a drop of bourbon or rum. Ahhhh.

hot pomegranate cider with whipped cream

Pomegranate Cider

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Pomegranate Cider

This homemade pomegranate cider recipe is perfect for cool, cozy nights. Spiced to perfection, serve topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces pomegranate juice, use 100% juice, not a cocktail
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 orange, freshly juiced (about ½ cup)
  • orange rind, from the orange above
  • for serving: whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate arils

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine the juice, water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise, orange juice and orange rind. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and taste. If it’s too tart and not sweet enough, whisk in a bit more sugar, about ¼ cup, and simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Strain out the cinnamon sticks, anise and orange rind. Ladle into mugs. If desired, serve with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks!

hot pomegranate cider

I can feel the warmth.

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Cider Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions and Cauliflower Rice.

This post is sponsored by ALDI! Cider braised pot roast is the comfort food we all need right now! I’m bringing you one of my all-time favorite meals EVER today with this melt-in-your-mouth pot roast.  The roast starts with apple cider caramelized onions and cooks with savory butternut squash cubes. Then, you serve it over […]

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Cider braised pot roast is the comfort food we all need right now!

cider braised pot roast with caramelized onions and butternut squash

I’m bringing you one of my all-time favorite meals EVER today with this melt-in-your-mouth pot roast. 

chuck roast, onions and squash

The roast starts with apple cider caramelized onions and cooks with savory butternut squash cubes. Then, you serve it over brown butter sage cauliflower rice! 

Oh my word.

It is heaven and it is the best comfort food of life. 

cider caramelized onions

Today I’m partnering with ALDI to bring you some of the most delicious fall flavors! It’s no secret that we’re right in the midst of my favorite season and I’m all about the perfect weeknight dinner. ALDI has every ingredient you need to get dinner on the table during these busy weeks! I am always super impressed with their seasonal selection of produce and obviously, love all of their fall treats. 

chuck roast ready for the oven

To make this roast happen, we’re using the Black Angus Choice Chuck Roast from ALDI. We caramelized a bunch of sliced onions in Nature’s Nectar Apple Cider then placed the roast on top. It cooks for a few hours in the oven until tender – I mean, until it’s literally falling apart.

That’s the best kind, right? 

cider braised pot roast with caramelized onions and butternut squash

I absolutely LOVE this cauliflower rice that we make to go with the roast. It starts with some butter that browns and fresh or dried sage. Then you mix in the Season’s Choice Riced Cauliflower to get the perfect base for the pot roast. 

riced cauliflower

It’s savory but light at the same time, which complements the decadent beef on top.

brown butter sage riced cauliflower

My mom makes the BEST pot roast – it’s easily one of my favorite meals that she makes. She cooks hers in a Dutch oven on the stovetop, but I prefer using the oven because it’s more hands off. While the pot roast does take a few hours to cook, it’s passive time! You can get things done around the house or heck, read a book while it’s in the oven. 

The result is the same though: a pot roast that is so tender that it falls apart. It’s absolutely delicious! 

cider braised pot roast with caramelized onions, butternut squash and cauliflower rice

You have to try it! Go grab the ingredients from ALDI and make it happen. This meal is like a warm hug on a plate!

cider braised pot roast with caramelized onions and butternut squash

Cider Braised Pot Roast

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Cider Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions and Cauliflower Rice

This cider braised pot roast is made with caramelized onions, tender butternut squash and served over brown butter sage cauliflower rice!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

cider braised pot roast

  • 3 pound Black Angus Choice Chuck Roast
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Specially Selected Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup Nature’s Nectar Apple Cider
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)

sage brown butter cauliflower rice

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 handful fresh sage leaves or ¼ teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 bags Seasoned Choice Riced Cauliflower
  • kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large oven-safe Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat.
  • Season the beef all over with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over the beef and rub it on both sides.
  • Place the beef in the skillet and sear it on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the beef and place it on a plate.
  • Reduce the temperature under the pot to low and add in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and the onions and garlic with another pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the apple cider and cook, stirring often, for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are caramelized.
  • Place the roast back in the pot, on top of the onions. Add the squash cubes in the pot too. Cover and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, remove the pot from the oven and shred the beef with a fork. Serve the beef with the caramelized onions and butternut squash over the cauliflower rice.

sage brown butter cauliflower rice

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Cook until the butter begins to bubble, about 1 to 2 minutes, then throw in the sage leaves. Cook for another minute or 2 until the butter begins to brown. Alternately, if you do not have fresh sage, you can stir ¼ teaspoon ground sage into the brown butter.
  • Add the riced cauliflower and stir. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes until the cauliflower is warmed through. You don’t want to cook much longer, or it will become mushy. Stir in a big pinch of salt and pepper and serve.

cider braised pot roast with caramelized onions, butternut squash and cauliflower rice

That is the epitome of fall!

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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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Apple Cider Funnel Cakes with Cinnamon Sugar.

I mean, just when you thought that apple cider donuts were the best fall treat… we have to go and do apple cider funnel cakes.  Seriously. Apple cider funnel cakes! Oh my gosh. Okay, so last year I shared the salted apple fritters. They are insane in the best way possible. And while I absolutely […]

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I mean, just when you thought that apple cider donuts were the best fall treat… we have to go and do apple cider funnel cakes. 

apple cider funnel cakes

Seriously. Apple cider funnel cakes!

Oh my gosh.

funnel cake batter

Okay, so last year I shared the salted apple fritters. They are insane in the best way possible. And while I absolutely loathe frying anything these days, and very rarely do, when I made the apple fritters for instagram stories, I decided to make funnel cakes too!

This is a great way to repurpose some of that oil with the same flavor idea before tossing it. We’re home. These are fun. Everyone loves them.

apple cider funnel cakes

Also! Let me tell you my funnel cake hack. If you loathe frying like I do and the last thing you want to do is fill a pot with oil and then heat it to excruciating temps… here’s the secret.

Make mini funnel cakes.

YES. Mini funnel cakes.

If you do it this way, you can use a skillet and just an inch or so of oil instead of an entire pot. Then you have a few little funnel cakes to go around (heck, just take them to your neighbor if you have extras) and not as big of a mess.

It’s true! 

apple cider funnel cakes

Most of our favorite fall festivals this year are completely canceled. It is such a bummer, and if you follow along on crumbs, then you know that starting in September we basically do a new pumpkin patch every weekend. Fall festival time is easily our favorite as a family, and that includes the apple cider treats that come with it. 

Obviously!

apple cider funnel cakes

I love apple cider waaaaay more than I love pumpkin. The spices and fresh apple flavor easily beat out the big orange squash. So I will make as many things apple cider-flavored as I can. Woohoo!

And you all get to benefit too.

The funnel cakes are super easy. I use one of these bottles to swirl the batter, but you can use an actual funnel too. These are warm and fluffy and sprinkled with cinnamon powdered sugar that takes it right over the top. SO comforting and fall like. They are obviously an indulgent treat, and I don’t think you’re going to make apple cider funnel cakes more than once this season, so I say ENJOY IT. Live it up.

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Apple Cider Funnel Cakes

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Apple Cider Funnel Cakes

These apple cider funnel cakes are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and absolute fall perfection. Perfect recipe to enjoy the season!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 funnel cakes
Author How Sweet Eats

Equipment

  • Batter squeeze bottle
  • Funnel

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (cow, nondairy, etc)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • As a note, I like to use pancake squeeze bottles for the funnel cake batter. You can also use a funnel like this.
  • Heat a large pot or cast iron skillet fitted with a candy thermometer with a few inches of oil for frying the funnel cakes. You want the oil temp to be 375 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, apple cider and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. The mixture will be similar to pancake batter.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cinnamon. This is for sprinkling on once the funnel cake is done.
  • Once the oil is up to temperature, fill the bottle with the batter. Or take about ½ to ⅔ cup batter and scoop it into the funnel. Squeeze or drizzle the batter into the oil, in a circular motion. It will sink for a second but pop back up and begin to come together. Fry for 2 minutes, then flip and fry for 1 to 2 minutes more until golden brown. Remove with a pair of kitchen tongs and place on a paper towel to drain excess grease. Sprinkle on the powdered sugar! Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve immediately (or shortly after making) for best funnel cake eating experience.

Notes

slightly adapted from taste of home

apple cider funnel cakes

See, this is how we make our own fall festival.

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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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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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  • 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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