The nip in the air has me craving hot apple cider this morning. I love making it in my crock pot because the whole house smells so deliciously autumnal. Usually, I take the easy route and splurge for Mulling Spices from Williams-Sonoma. It's completely foolproof: Just simmer cider with 2 tablespoons of spices. But at $18 a can, it can get pricey and some moms prefer to make it from scratch. Therefore, I rounded up a few recipes from CafeMoms...and beyond!
Hot Mulled Apple Cider
1 qt. apple cider
8 whole cloves
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. each nutmeg and ginger
1 stick cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in 1 1/2 quart sauce pan. Cook until brown sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes; strain. Serve hot in cups. Garnish with lemon slices and cinnamon sticks for stirring. May keep warm in Crock pot on low.
This recipe from SophiaofLight has a little bit of citrus goin' on:
Warm Mulled Apple Cider
1 navel orange
1/2 gallon apple cider (not juice)
2 tablespoons honey
5 whole allspice berries
6 whole cloves
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 1 1/2-inch piece ginger, thinly sliced
8 cinnamon sticks
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from the orange to create long strips. In a medium pot, bring the cider, honey, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and orange zest to a simmer. Do not boil. Heat, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Ladle into cups and serve warm with the cinnamon sticks.
And this apple cider recipe from Recipezaar.com calls for caramel and vanilla:
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 1/2 tablespoons caramel sauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine ingredients in sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until cider is hot and caramel has melted. Pour into mug and enjoy.
Feeling a little naughty? A little bird told me to add a few shots of rum to hot apple cider but I, of course, would know nothing about whether this would taste good or not. Oh, and all of these recipes should certainly be topped with Ready Whip or homemade whipped cream.
Got any good hot apple cider recipes?