If you are going to warm up with one drink this winter make it comforting Spiked Mulled Apple Cider full of warm spices and a hint of orange.
I’m officially deeming it hot beverage season. The words winter weather warnings and polar vortex have come out of my mouth too many times to mention and it’s not even technically winter yet.
It’s not right I tell you, not right! I’m so not ready for another winter like last year. Between the snow and the extreme cold I felt like I squirreled away inside my apartment for 4 months only to emerge to leave for work.
This year I’m prepared, not by bundling up with warmer clothes or even a new winter jacket. No I’m prepared with some warming beverages to heat me up even when the wind chill is bringing temperatures down to below zero.
I used to never be a fan of hot beverages except tea and hot chocolate but at some point last year during the deep freeze I gave in and ordered a hot cider at one of the local bars in my neighborhood.
Well I can say that clearly I was missing out for a long time because it completely hit the spot when you don’t want one of the drinks listed above.
This cider is sweet but not overly so with most of it coming from those ripe apples that were pressed to make the cider. Warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove simmer away to make your home smell amazing. This really is the perfect holiday or winter drink. I suggest keeping it unspiked until you pour yourself a glass, that way the under 21 crowd can enjoy a taste for themselves as well.
As for the spiking? I’m leaving it up to you, my preference is bourbon but an apple brandy would rev up the apple flavor and spiced rum would compliment your mulling spices. What’s your preference?