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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hot Mulled Cider


Hot mulled cider is a Christmas tradition at our house.
We also had it on Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie and 
ginger cookies.  I've made this recipe for years.  It's great!

It's steeps with spices like cinnamon, allspice and cloves
and is sweetened with brown sugar and the juice of an orange.


I put the spices in a tea ball and hang it on the edge of the pot.


A big curl of orange peel adds flavor, too!
Just bring to a boil, then turn the fire down to low
and simmer for 20 minutes.


I always garnish it with star fruit, just for fun.


Sometimes I add a cup of wine to the recipe, 
but it's wonderful just like it is, too!

Hot Mulled Cider

For each quart of cider, add...

1/2 c brown sugar
1 large curl of orange peel
1/2 c orange juice
1/4 t whole cloves
2 whole allspice
3 inches of cinnamon stick
1 T lemon juice
a dash of nutmeg
1 c wine, optional

Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
If a foam develops on the top, I spoon it off.
Remove peel and spice ball.
Garnish pot or each cup with star fruit slices.

Enjoy!

One of my favorite traditions between Christmas and New Years
is to serve this with homemade caramel corn while watching
the old Christmas movies.  Wonderful.  :)
It's on my To Do list for this week!

I already have a head start on the movies, watching
A Christmas Carol ~ both the Alastair Sim
 and the George C Scott versions,
It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street
and White Christmas!  :)


28 comments:

  1. ah love me some mulled cider...mmm bet it would be good with homemade caramel corn...so the boys had a good christmas?

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    1. yes, they had a good christmas....grabbed their dvd's and ran...didn't see them the rest of the day. hahaha....well, alex came out to see if we were eating anything good. :)

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  2. Never tried that
    Looks quite compelling at your mat
    And big thumbs up to the movies too
    You know I like that at my zoo
    But Die Hard always goes for a spin
    Added to the old christmas movies at my bin

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    1. I bet you would like it, too
      seeing apples agree with you. :)
      Die Hard, you say,
      a nice change from the christmas ones that play! ha.

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    2. Gremlins too
      And yeah apples are fine at my zoo

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  3. Oh, I love this! One of my brothers makes this for our family Christmas. He wasn't able to be here this year. :( It makes you warm all over doesn't it?

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    1. Aw, sorry he couldn't be there! Maybe you could make some for New Years. :)

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  4. I love this Betsy Im.sure smell delicious too:)

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    1. It's very good.

      Did you have a nice christmas?

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    2. Yes dear, But with my Mom we are try to putting all in order OHMY!! All these time we wrapped gifts and now all the papers LOL, but we stiil have turkey leftovers so we dont to have cooking:)

      What nice if there is snowing I love it!!!:)

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    3. We're going to eat leftovers today, too! Yay! haha. the house is a mess....I need to get busy on that! Yes, we have snow! The Mister went to work this morning and said the roads are terrible!

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  5. That sounds delicious! I'll have to try this sometime!

    How did your cheesecake turn out?

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    1. the cheesecake was delicious! I loved how fluffy and creamy it was! yum!

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    2. oh good! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. thanks, lady! Did you have a nice Christmas?

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  7. Your Christmas sounds just perfect Betsy! It's a whirwind here with kids from interstate coming & going, I feel like Zombi Mum & I return to work tomorrow totally exhausted!
    Mille xx

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    1. I'm sure you helped them have a wonderful Christmas! And how fun for you...this first Christmas with a grand baby! :)

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  8. I've decided I want to live at your house.

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  9. Oh does that every look yummy and what a lovely fragrance must fill the house.

    Betsy, I'm so full of sugar..from eating and baking...this morning I woke up longing for a celery stick. HaHa..Think I'll wait a week before weighing..What a love Christmas season it has been. I've loved every minute of it..And hate to see the Alpine Village not have another day or two.

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    1. I know what you mean. I think most of us long to eat healthy and green after a month of indulging. haha.

      We're turning into our own Alphine Village...getting a foot of snow today! It's been lovely to watch come down!

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. thank you and merry christmas to you! ...hope you had a lovely day.

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  11. Your cider looks very warm comforting. Love the mugs!

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    1. it was very warm and tasty. :) The mugs almost match your avatar! ha.

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  12. I have never had cider...but that looks yummy!!!
    We are expecting the snow as well...
    Hope you all had a good day..

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I wonder if cider is a usa thing? It's a pretty big deal down here in the fall...hot or cold!

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