Bundling and unbundling are a big part of going outside nowadays. Coat, scarf, gloves, hat. Uncoat, unscarf, unglove, unhat. We finally organized our entryway so it wasn’t such a chore to peel off outer layers, and also so it wouldn’t constantly look as if our coat closet had thrown up all over the couch.
There are days when I come in from cutting down a Christmas tree or completing another worthwhile outdoor endeavor and the only thing that will take away the chill is something hot to drink. Enter: steaming hot, tangy-sweet mulled apple cider. The comfort of wrapping my hands around the mug, the sweet bouquet of apple, citrus, and spices….
yes please. Just, yes please.
It’s delicious anytime of day, but there’s something special to me about enjoying a cupful while admiring slanting rays of late afternoon sunshine. It’s a good time to sip, breathe, and prepare for what the evening has in store.
This recipe is easy to prepare, makes the kitchen smell scrumptious, and doesn’t have any added sweetener. I found that using an all-natural-not-from-concentrate apple juice and steeping a whole orange produced a satisfying, syrupy cider that didn’t hurt my teeth.
Drink it right away (keep it in a crock pot to keep warm) or pour it into an insulated beverage container to enjoy on-the-go.
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole allspice berries
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 thinly sliced orange
- ½ gallon apple juice - 100% natural, not from concentrate (I used Simply Apple)
- 1 cup water
- Add cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, ground cloves, ginger, and orange to a large pot and pour apple juice and water over all of it.
- Bring to a boil, then adjust heat to low, cover pot, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain the cider and discard the mulling spices and fruit
- Serve hot; transfer to a covered crock pot to keep warm if not serving right away.