This Mulled Apple Cider Is What You Should Be Drinking Right Now
I only got into hot apple cider a few years ago. It was after attending a December board meeting at a member’s home where she was serving the drink that I realized I’d been missing out on one of the greatest winter beverages of all time - with or without booze. I loved the way the cider tasted, spicy and fruity, the way the warmth felt like one of those unbelievable hugs that one person you know gives where they hold just a touch longer and tighter, and I adored the way the cider made the house smell. I’ve experimented with different recipes and this is one of my favs. Dark rum makes it boozy and fuzzy but I also like making it without the rum on Saturday afternoons when the house must be cleaned.
1 gallon apple cider
2 granny smith apples, cored and chopped
8 cinnamon sticks
3 teaspoons whole cloves
½ cup fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
1 cup dark rum (if you don’t need to finish cleaning the house)
Pour the apple cider into a large pot over medium heat, add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cranberries. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to low and let simmer 1 hour. Add rum, if using, and continue to simmer another 10 minutes. Serve warm.
*I also like putting everything into a slow cooker and letting it sit throughout the day if I’m running around. Coming home to a ready pot of cider is an indulgence.
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