Take the “sigh” out of your bland cider and try some exciting new recipes this holiday season. The house is decorated. Your whole family is home donning winter apparel. There are a few logs on the fire and all that’s missing is that warm, delicious glass of cider. Here are our seven favorite cider recipes to sip on in the winter months.
Mulled Hot Apple Cider
A classic, of course, is mulled hot apple cider. Often flavored with hints of citrus and spices and best served hot, it makes for a delicious and special drink.
- Grab a large saucepan.
- Add in apple juice, star anise, cloves, allspice, ginger, and a pivotal cinnamon stick.
- Bring to a boil.
- Let it simmer 2-3 hours while the ingredients get to mingle together.
- You’re all set!
Spiked Mulled Hot Apple Cider
If you’re looking to “spike” things up and bring the party to the cider, this is a fantastic way to kick up the punch of your cider.
- You’ll follow the same steps as the non-alcoholic cider.
- Add in some rum, brandy, or bourbon. Dealer’s choice!
- Keep it simmering an additional 10 minutes.
- Have people saying, “Your cider house rules!”
Thanksgiving Star Cider
Perfect for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, watching football, or washing down a turkey leg, the Thanksgiving Star Cider is an excellent complement to your traditional events. And don’t worry, it’s not cider made from leftover stuffing.
- In a pan, boil two cups of water.
- Steep hibiscus blossoms for 5 minutes.
- Strain the infusion into a large pitcher.
- Add in pear nectar, red wine, and honey.
- Give it a good stir and serve warm.
- Save room for dessert!
Ready for a cider that is a bit more of a walk on the wild side? This wine-based holiday punch is perfect to serve when you want to mix things up but stay in the holiday spirit. And it provides the perfect line for a toast when you explain to your gathering that wassail in Norse for “be in good health.”
- In a cheesecloth, place a cinnamon stick and cloves of cardamom.
- Procure a large saucepan.
- Add apple cider, pineapple juice, apricot nectar, and orange juice.
- Add a spice bag and bring to boil.
- Simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes and remove spice bag.
- Serve and enjoy!
Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider
With this apple pie inspired cider, you’ll have the warmest, most fulfilling taste in your mouth, and your stomach will be pleased too. Make sure you’re serving this if anyone with a sweet tooth is coming over.
- A medium-sized pot will do the trick.
- Add all the following ingredients: 2 quarts apple cider, half of an orange, two cinnamon sticks, 3 whole cloves, bay leaf, a handful of cranberries, and ½ teaspoon of ground ginger.
- Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain through a mesh sieve.
- Garnish each serving with a couple of fresh cranberries for a special touch.
Give old Chris Kringle a break from the milk with his cookies and provide him with this delicious cider named after him.
- Combine 2 cups of apple cider, ½ cup of orange juice, and 1 cup of pomegranate juice in a saucepan.
- Add in a couple cinnamon sticks and a whole clove.
- Bring to a boil and then let simmer for around 45 minutes.
- Serve hot after straining into your favorite Santa mugs.
Hot Cider Nog
Two classics meet when cider nog enters the conversation. It’s exactly how it sounds, it’s simple to make, and it’s delicious.
- Heat a saucepan and place in sliced apple.
- Add some Silk Nog and apple cider.
- Mix in brown sugar and whisk for 10 minutes.
- Pour into mugs, add a cinnamon stick for a wonderful look, and enjoy those eloquent aromas.
We hope you and your family can enjoy each and every one of our favorite cider recipes this holiday season.