Mulled Apple Cider



Tis' the season for hot drinks in a mug and snuggling up with a blanket and book. When the crisp fall air approaches, I can't help but crave the hot mulled apple cider my grandmother always makes on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays - in fact, I'm even sipping on some as I write this. Magic in a cup. Wash away all your winter troubles with some liquid comfort. This recipe is incredibly easy and all of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store. 


Ingredients:
1 gallon of apple juice or cider
1/2 of frozen concentrated pulp-free orange juice (6 fluid oz)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
Approximately 30 whole cloves


Addition supplies will include a large kitchen pot, a large pitcher for storing leftover cider, and something to hold the the cloves in while cooking - I used a stainless steal tea mesh ball. If you have absolutely nothing to hold the cloves in, you can let them float freely throughout your cider while cooking, it will just make fishing them out a bit more difficult. As I said before, this recipe is extremely easy as all you do is put all of the ingredients into a the large kitchen pot and set on the stove over medium heat. 

"Cook" the apple cider for about 20 minutes over medium heat and stir fairly often. I clipped the mesh tea ball to the handle and just left as is. Essentially, you aren't really cooking it - just mixing and heating up the ingredients resulting in an extremely delightful taste. Once you feel the cider is finished, remove cinnamon sticks and cloves, and transfer cider into a pitcher or a beverage container. I honestly just used my measuring cup and just scooped it out - it didn't really take that long and there was no mess involved. Store in the fridge until you're ready for more! I normally use a coffee mug and microwave it for about 2 minutes and bon appetite! If you try this out, please let me know and let me know what you think of it! 

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