Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday Food for Thought—Mulled Apple Cider

Holiday party month is here! Don’t you love it? Family, food, friends, food, fun. More food. This month I’ll be sharing some tasty recipes for some of my favorite holiday drinks and appetizers, starting with mulled cider.

Over the years I’ve tried a lot of recipes for mulled cider. Some are too sweet, some are too spicy, but I finally found one suits our tastes perfectly.

1 gallon apple cider (or apple juice)
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
½ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
cinnamon sticks for swizzling (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a large (5-quart) crock pot/slow cooker and simmer on low for 4 or 5 hours. This recipe makes about 40 half-cup servings. For a smaller crowd, I make half the recipe.

Don’t have a crock pot? This can just as easily be made in a large pot on the stove, but reduce the simmering time to 1 to 2 hours. Either way, your holiday guests will be greeted at the door by the scent of apples and spices, and they’ll soon be warming their hands on a cup of warm of cider.


Until next time,


Gillian Layne said...

Lee, this sounds so delicious--a real comfort drink! And I do love putting drinks in the crock pot for everyone to enjoy at their leisure. Thanks for sharing! :)

Lee McKenzie said...

You're right, Gillian. Nothing like a hot cup of comfort on a chilly winter day.

We use our crock pot a lot. Even though I work at home, I often start something for dinner and then just forget about it. When my husband gets home from work, dinner is served!

Anonymous said...

I love when food (and I'm pretending here that cider is nutritious) scents the house as it feeds the soul and body.

Although I appreciate the convenience and energy-savings of my microwave, there's something about a simmering pot of something that warms my heart as well as my kitchen!


Lee McKenzie said...

Rachel, I'm pretty sure cider is one of the main food groups ;)

And when if comes to simmering somethings, I'm with you!