When the chill of Fall settles in the air, there's nothing better than the perfect drink to warm your insides and leave you feeling relaxed and cozy. Beyond your favorite cocktail or "hot toddy," you might be stumped to find a drink that promises so much — and actually delivers. In fact, you may be wondering if such a drink truly exists. But before you give it another thought, let me assure you that it does indeed exist. And this recipe for Hot Mulled Cider is the proof.
Warm and fragrant, hot mulled cider boasts classic apple cider that is infused with the bright flavors of citrus and ginger, complemented with bold, fragrant spices like cinnamon, clove, and star anise. The flavors meld together to give your taste buds one perfectly balanced, slightly sweet and spicy, sip after another. Beyond its obvious scrumptious factor, I champion this drink as one of my Fall favorites, because it comes together with virtually no effort. It's also child- and entertaining-friendly.
One of my favorite times to indulge is when I’m entertaining. I like to put a big pot on my stove's back burner and keep it on a constant simmer, always easily in reach for guests to help themselves and keep the warm and cozy effect in high gear. (This also carries the side benefit of the most amazing aroma wafting throughout your kitchen.) And because I’m a fan of versatility, I love that it’s special enough to serve in your favorite china and equally casual enough to pour into a favorite mug. It’s a whenever, whatever kind of drink, so whether you're hosting a party or watching football, hot mulled cider will suit the occasion. If you're ready to make the days of Autumn just a tad bit sweeter, spicier, warmer and cozier, then your next drink has to be hot mulled cider.
Keep reading for the recipe.
Hot Mulled Cider
1/2 gallon apple cider
1 orange, peeled and juiced
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
3 cinnamon sticks
5 star anise pods
10 clove buds
Add ingredients to a pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!