Spiked & Mulled Apple Cider


A few weekends ago we went apple picking, and I've been trying to think of apple recipe ideas because we can't go through these fast enough! Jordan and I both love hot apple cider, so I thought why not make an adult version of the classic recipe! The alcohol in these is totally optional, so if you're not drinking alcohol or want to serve this to kids, just omit it. Easy as pie! Oooh, apple pie!

This recipe makes about 16 servings, so reduce accordingly or store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days and reheat as you like. This cider makes the house smell like a delicious fall candle, and is perfect for drinking wrapped in a blanket with your favorite book.



Makes 16 (8 oz) drinks

Ingredients:

1 gallon fresh cider
1 orange
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 inch grated ginger
1 cup bourbon or brandy (optional)

Directions: 

Pour the juice into a large saucepan or dutch oven. Cut the orange into fourths, and add to the cider along with the cinnamon sticks, grated ginger and cloves.

Bring the liquid to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve to remove cinnamon, ginger and cloves, and add bourbon or brandy as desired. Garnish with fresh apple slices and cinnamon if you're feeling fancy, and serve!


For more autumn inspiration, check out my fall fashion posts here, here and here, and my pumpkin spice latte cupcake recipe here!

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