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Making Hot Apple Cider: {15+ Recipes + Resources}

Posted By Tipnut On September 2, 2010 @ 1:08 pm In Recipes | No Comments

This week’s Hit List is a nice mix of apple cider goodies that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net, plenty of flavor variations to try.

MugI’ve listed the recipes first (including a sample of ingredients) then a few resources at the bottom that give instructions for brewing it from scratch.

A couple are made with fresh apples (to be served immediately), while others are for mulling ready-made cider or juice with various spices.

If you enjoy sipping this on chilly Fall and Winter evenings, this is a handy list for you to bookmark. Enjoy!

  1. Vanilla Lemon [1]: (Serves 6 to 8) Includes brandy (optional); cinnamon sticks; star anise; peppercorns; nutmeg; cloves; cardamom pods; lemon; honey; vanilla bean. The smell of vanilla lemon will make your head spin. It is Christmas in a cup and it’s absolutely delicious. From Dragon’s Kitchen.
  2. Warm Vanilla (spiked) [2]: (Serves 6) Bourbon; brown sugar; whole nutmeg seeds; vanilla bean; whipped cream. Warm, deep with flavor and a great fall feel. From Loves To Eat.
  3. Mulled [3]: (Serves 4 to 6) Cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; star anise; allspice berries; orange zest. Quote from the site: I looked up a few recipes and they were all basically the same. But the first one I made, from Ina Garten, was too sweet and not spicy enough. The next time, I eliminated all of the orange juice and just added the peel without the juice. Dave and I agreed that it was still two orangey, so I cut down the amount of peel even more. I also increased all of the spices, plus added one that wasn’t in the original – allspice, which was perfect. From The Way The Cookie Crumbles.
  4. With Cranberry Juice [4]: (8 to 12 Servings) Unsweetened juice; cranberry juice; whole nutmeg; sugar; whole cardamom pods; whole cloves; whole allspice; cinnamon sticks; orange or lemon zest (optional); vanilla bean (optional). Cranberry juice adds a seasonal touch to this spicy drink. Serve in half-pint Mason jars, topped with a slice of dried apple or a thin slice of clementine, and furnish a cinnamon stick for stirring and added spice. Spices can be brewed loose (then strained for serving) in the pot that warms the juice; or gather the crushed spices into an extra-large tea ball and immerse it in the warming brew, removing it before serving. From The Washington Post.
  5. Spiced [5]: (Yields approx. 8 cups) Orange; cinnamon sticks; ground allspice; cloves; fresh ginger; brown sugar; optional spiced Rum. This one’s so simple to make yet so good to drink. And for a grown up version, pour a shot of spiced rum for a delightful warm Fall type cocktail. From Savory Sweet Life.
  6. Caramel [6]: (Yields about 8 cups) Includes orange juice; orange; cloves; cinnamon sticks; ground allspice; jarred caramel sauce (optional: caramel flavored syrup); sweetened whipped cream. This is a relatively small batch with measurements that are easily doubled. From Our Best Bites.
  7. With Cran [7]: (6 to 8 Servings) Whole cloves; navel orange; lemon; cranberry juice; brown sugar; cinnamon sticks. This fills the house with warm Christmas aromas as it simmers. From Taste of Home.
  8. With Pomegranate [8]: (6 Servings) Cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; whole allspice; fresh gingerroot; 100% pomegranate juice; liquid honey. This spiced drink is not only a delicious starter but also a boost of nutrition. Pomegranates are loaded with vitamins B and C, potassium, folic acid and iron and are high in antioxidants, which may play a role in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. From Canadian Living.
  9. Tea & Wassail [9]: (22 servings) Freshly brewed tea; cranberry juice; juice; orange juice; sugar; lemon juice; stick cinnamon; whole cloves. Optional slowcooker instructions available too. From Better Homes And Gardens.
  10. Mulled [10]: (5 cups) Look at the fragrant ingredients that make this so aromatic: cinnamon, cloves, star anise, bay leaves, ginger and lemongrass. Mmm, it’s practically a cure for a cold in itself. Feel free to spike it if you like! From Under The High Chair.
  11. With Buttered Bourbon [11]: (4 Servings) Water; brown sugar; whole cloves; cinnamon stick; unsalted butter; bourbon; fresh lemon juice; ground nutmeg. Garnish this warming drink with lemon slices and a cinnamon stick. From Epicurious.
  12. With Wine [12]: (Serves 8) Dry white wine; honey; quince; rosemary sprig; cinnamon sticks; cloves; star anise; lemon zest. From Food & Wine.
  13. Spiced [13]: (20 Servings) Includes orange juice; maple syrup; orange extract; lemon extract; cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; whole allspice. Next time you’re entertaining, stir up a batch of this nicely spiced drink. From Taste of Home.
  14. Warm Winter Spices, Cayenne & Hibiscus [14]: (Yields approx. 8 cups) Whole nutmeg; whole cloves; whole allspice; whole star anise; cardamom pods; 2 Mexican (canela) cinnamon sticks; dried hibiscus flowers; cayenne chile flakes; dark brown sugar; orange zest; optional: 1 ounce Calvados, Armagnac, Cognac, or Applejack per 8-ounce serving. From The Luna Cafe.
  15. With Pie Spices [15]: (Serves 6) Brown sugar; cinnamon sticks; ground allspice; ground ginger; ground cloves; grated nutmeg; salt; Calvados, or other brandy (optional). Season with the same spices you would use in a pie-cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg-then heat it up. If you’d like, pour in brandy for adults. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug for stirring. From Martha Stewart.
  16. Sweet [16]: (Yields 1 liter) Known in the U.S. and Canada as “sweet cider” because it’s not fermented like its “hard” cousin, this quintessential cool-weather sipper differs from standard grocery-store juice; the fresh crushed pulp and skins give it a unique tartness and an added texture. Relatively easy to whip up at home. From Imbibe Magazine.
  17. Old Fashioned [17]: (approx. 8 servings) Small orange; brown sugar; cinnamon sticks; nutmeg; whole cloves; water. It is incredibly easy with almost no prep work: just simmer fruit with your favorite spices, then strain and serve hot and steaming. From Chaos In The Kitchen.

Brewing From Scratch

  • Step-by-Step [18]: Brewing from nonalcoholic, or “sweet” cider is a simple process, and the inebriating end product is as delicious as it is discombobulating. Here are the steps you’ll follow. From Mother Earth News.
  • Home Brew from Scratch [19]: This Instructable will explain the process for producing all natural, organic, 100% hand made hard cider, an alcoholic beverage made through fermentation. From Instructables.

Bonus: Cranberry [20]: This looks like a good one to try. Made with Cranberries, Oranges, Lemons, Cloves and more. From Cut Out & Keep.

Also check out this page [21] for a nice assortment of holiday beverages.


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[1] Vanilla Lemon: http://www.thedragonskitchen.com/2008/12/vanilla-lemon-apple-cider.html

[2] Warm Vanilla (spiked): http://lovestoeat.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/warm-vanilla-spiked-cider/

[3] Mulled: http://www.crumblycookie.net/2008/10/17/mulled-cider/

[4] With Cranberry Juice: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/05/AR2006120500323.html

[5] Spiced: http://savorysweetlife.com/2009/10/fall-is-here-spiced-apple-cider-recipe/

[6] Caramel: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/10/caramel-apple-cider/

[7] With Cran: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Hot-Cran-Apple-Cider

[8] With Pomegranate: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/hot_pomegranate_apple_cider.php

[9] Tea & Wassail: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/drinks/tea-and-cider-wassail/

[10] Mulled: http://www.underthehighchair.com/2008/12/mulled-cider-and-muddled-thoughts.html

[11] With Buttered Bourbon: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Hot-Buttered-Bourbon-and-Cider-201164

[12] With Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/hot-mulled-cider

[13] Spiced: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Hot-Spiced-Cider

[14] Warm Winter Spices, Cayenne & Hibiscus: http://thelunacafe.com/mulled-apple-cider-with-warm-winter-spices-cayenne-hibiscus/

[15] With Pie Spices: http://www.marthastewart.com/318051/apple-pie-spiced-cider

[16] Sweet: http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Homemade-Apple-Cider-Recipe

[17] Old Fashioned: http://chaosinthekitchen.com/2008/10/homemade-apple-cider-because-you-can/

[18] Step-by-Step: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2007-10-01/How-to-Make-Hard-Cider.aspx

[19] Home Brew from Scratch: http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Brew-Hard-Cider-from-Scratch/

[20] Cranberry: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/hot-cranberry-cider

[21] this page: http://tipnut.com/holiday-beverages/

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