THE WEEKEND COCKTAIL: Hot Mulled Cider

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gwen-headshot-110x110BY GWEN KENNEALLY

I guess that this weekend is the official kickoff to the holiday season. A great and simple way to celebrate than with a big pot of hot mulled cider. Make it before your guests arrive and then you don’t have to worry about drinks. Also great for a caroling party again make it before hand and you can come home to a toasty treat. You can even make it in a crock-pot.  You can follow the recipe as is adding the spices or you can order a spice kit at William-Sonoma.

The beauty of this cider is that it starts off non-alcoholic, as it should because it can get confusing and the kids love it! To give it a bit of Thanksgiving dazzle add a shot of rum or brandy to a coffee mug and pour the hot cider in. Add a cinammon stick for more flavor and fun. Easily double the recipe if you have a big enough pot and are expecting a crowd. Enjoy!

HOT MULLED CIDER

Hot Mulled Cider is made without alcohol — add it if you'd like.

Hot Mulled Cider is made without alcohol — add a shot of rum of brandy if you'd like.

Pour one gallon of fresh cider into a large pot on the stove

Add a half-cup of brown sugar.

Place 2 teaspoon of whole cloves, 2 teaspoon of whole allspice, and 6 cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth and tie up. Add to the pot.

Heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Leave the pot uncovered so that you and your family or guests can enjoy the warm, delicious aroma.

Once the cider boils, lower the setting to simmer for at least another 15 minutes to allow for thorough infusion of the spices. Stir occasionally.

Remove the spices from the pot and ladle hot mulled cider into mugs or other glasses designed for hot beverages.

Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. Check out her website and blog www.Backtothekitchen.net and www.gwenkenneally.blogspot.com

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