Mom de Cuisine


Make Ahead Monday: Mulled Apple Cider
November 28, 2011, 1:30 am
Filed under: Drinks | Tags: ,

I think I’ve said before that one of the things I really love about living here is the availability of such great juices.  You can get a “mocktail” that is out of this world.  Lemon/mint juice anyone?  Fresh pineapple and watermelon spritzer?   Yes please!  Oh, I get off subject.  My point is that most juices are fresh tasting, including apple juice.  Even the bottled stuff tastes like freshly juiced apples.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to push Mott’s off on my kids again. 

One of my favorite things about fall is when the apple cider starts appearing on shelves.  Well, I haven’t seen any here yet, but I figured I could make my own and it would probably be better than any mass-produced-store-bought-variety with the great quality of the apple juice here.   And it was.

My husband and I sipped this while trimming our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, as is our tradition.  We decided to bite the bullet this year and buy our first fake                    real-pine-challenged tree.  Even though I miss the smell of a real tree, it is nice not to have to water/vacuum everyday.  I must say, it looks pretty real too (especially after a few boozy ciders!)

Boozy Mulled Apple Cider

Ingredients:

6 cups apple juice (I would buy the organic stuff, since it usually tastes more like apple and has less “fillers”)

2 cinnamon sticks

3 tablespoons ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice

1 cup whisky (we used Johnny Walker, but booze is totally optional.  It was really good without too.)

Preparation

Combine everything except for the booze in a slow cooker or pressure cooker.  Cook for 6 hours in a slow cooker on low, or 1 hour in a pressure cooker on high.  Strain the liquid.  To serve, put 2-3 oz at the bottom of a mug.  Top with the cider and enjoy!

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