Mr Chiots is a HUGE fan of cider, he loves this time of year for the cider. He drinks a big glassful almost every evening. I’m not a big fan of it cold, but I love mulled cider. Often in the evening I’ll put a pan on to mull for a half hour or so and we’ll drink it while reading later that evening. I make my own mulled cider with a mix of spices from the pantry. I love adding all kinds of spices, it’s not always the same.

Generally for 2 cups of mulled cider I’ll throw in a few cinnamon sticks, 15-20 allspice berries, one or two whole cloves, a couple slices of fresh ginger, a few cardamon pods and a third of a vanilla bean. If I have cranberries I’ll throw a handful of those in as well or some orange peel if I have that, but those don’t grace my kitchen often. I generally buy my spices in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs and it makes an inexpensive way to enjoy mulled cider (and you can use the spices another time if you want to). Not to mention all of these spices add antioxidants to your diet.

Do you enjoy mulled cider? What spices do you like to use?

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  2. Kelly says:

    My hubby is also a huge cider fan and I’m not too shabby myself. I loOove mulled cider (I’m a big warm/hot beverage drinker). I tend to throw a few cinnamon sticks in and leave it at that, but it’s always missing something. I’ve got whole cloves now, and hadn’t thought to slice up some ginger. I may have to pick up some allspice berries, too.

  3. Rose says:

    Cider means something else here in the UK! However we also mull it here, and right now cider and scrumpy is being put into vats in Somerset, with last year’s batches appearing on the shelves. I’m certainly looking forward to it! Apple juice is coming round too, and we can get it on the local markets – so many different types of apples here with dozens of different tastes, it’s my best part of fall.

  4. Stone Soup says:

    Do you freeze your apple cider so that you are able to enjoy it throughout the winter months? I’ve heard some people do. Your pictures are always an inspiration. I’m heading out to get cider now, that’s all I can think of . . .

    • Susy says:

      We don’t have enough room in the freezer or Mr Chiots would freeze some. We enjoy it while it’s here. Our local cider press usually has it available for 2 months.

  5. Jaspenelle says:

    I saw the title of those post pop up in my feed reader and automatically skipped past everything else to click it. I think that might be the best testament to my favorite favorite drink of all time.

    We buy gallons and gallons of it for the freezer every year at the local apple festival. I also use cider in some soups and stews but really, mulled cider on a cold winter evening, nothing is better.

    Never thought to add some vanilla bean though, must try!

  6. Here We Come A-Wassailing!…

    Wrap 2 cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves in cheesecloth and tie with string. Simmer cranberry juice, cider, sugar, and spice bag in a 5-quart heavy pot, uncovered, skimming froth occasionally, 10 minutes. ……

  7. If you want a bit more…hutzvah, try adding some Maker’s Mark (or your favorite bourbon…). Being a Maker’s Ambassador, they sent me a recipe similar to yours last year with Maker’s included. It’s quite the treat on a cold winter’s evening. 🙂

  8. Hubby loves cider and I make a mulled version a couple of times during the cold months. I have never thought of tossing cranberries in it before. But you can bet that I will be doing just that the next time I make it.

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