Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hot Mulled Cider

Simple flavors bring out the best in seasonal apple cider served hot. 
Who knew that a Crock-Pot could save the hot cider for the opening? I thought a boiling pot might be ideal, but the Crock-Pot keeps mulled cider warm and perfect during a four hour event. Plus, the presentation is much better-- slotted spoon and all.
This is the All That We Had on Hand Version of hot mulled cider. My grocery shopping failed to provide kitchen twine, satchets/cheesecloth, and star anise. With the satchets, cheesecloth, and string, I planned whole black peppercorns, cloves, and nutmeg.
Alas, we were provided adequate enough ingredients for a successful hot beverage. A huge thank you to Trader Joe's for having pure apple cider-- this last minute woman is gracious and humbled.  I definitely aim to make more delicious cider regardless if we find star anise and company or not.

Hot Mulled Cider Ingredients and Preparation

1 1/2 gallon apple cider
8 cinnamon sticks
1/2 small ginger root
4 Mandarin oranges, thinly sliced

In a Crock-Pot set on low temperature, pour apple cider. Add cinnamon sticks, ginger root, and orange slices. Let simmer for hours (four at the most). It should smell so good, your kitchen feels blessed.

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