This Mulled Apple Cider Is What You Should Be Drinking Right Now

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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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