Hot Apple Cider (also known as Mulled Apple Cider) is a delicious beverage to serve during the fall. Often made with fragrant and flavorful seasonal spices, it’s sure to warm you up from the inside out.
‘Tis the season for Hot Apple Cider! One of the yummy tastes and aromas of autumn is a batch of Mulled Apple Cider warming in a slow cooker or saucepan.
To follow up yesterday’s post on putting together your own mulling spices, today I’m going to give you the rundown on making Mulled Apple Cider. It’s easier than you think, and the result is a warm cup of the flavors of fall!
Let’s get to it!
How do you warm up apple cider?
I recommend using a heavy saucepan on the stove or a slow cooker.
If you’re looking to make plain hot apple cider, just pour the apple cider in the vessel you’ve chosen. If you’d like, you can toss in sliced apples to dress it up.
Also, when you’re serving your hot apple cider, be certain your mug is designed to hold hot beverages. A coffee mug or glass tea mug works well.
How do you make Mulled Apple Cider?
When it comes to hot apple cider, many people like to add spices for seasonal flavor and flair. That’s where mulling spices come in handy. I wrote all about mulling spices here and shared my recipe so you can make them at home.
They are a blend of seasonal spices, such as cinnamon, clove, allspice, and orange zest, which are used to add flavor to things like apple cider, mulled wine, and seasonal baked dishes.
To make Mulled Apple Cider, you place these mulling spices in the cider while it is warming up. This will give the cider a wonderful depth of flavor.
Mulling spices are simple to pull together or you can pick up packets of them at the store. If you don’t have mulling spices, you can still make your hot apple cider a bit more special by just adding apple and orange slices, plus a few cinnamon sticks.
I promise those simple additions will amp up the flavor.
Is Hot Apple Cider Alcoholic?
Yes and no. You can serve hot apple cider with or without alcohol. I recommend warming your fresh apple cider without adding any alcohol to it. (Warming hard cider or cider mixed with alcohol is likely to burn off the alcohol, which sort of defeats the purpose of it.)
When it comes time to serve the Mulled Cider, have bottles of a few complementary alcohols nearby. Then you or your guests can add whatever you’d like to turn that Hot Apple Cider into a cocktail.
What kind of alcohol goes in hot apple cider?
You can use whatever liquor you prefer. However, the most common ones for hot apple cider seem to be bourbon, brandy, spiced rum, and tequila. Personally, I like bourbon. Four Roses has become my go-to recently.
If none of those strike your fancy, I think a caramel vodka would be delightful, too!
If you liked this recipe, you’ll love these too:
- Apple Cider Sidecar
- Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria
- Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy
- Harvest Apple Mule
- Apple Cider Sangria
With all of that information, I think you’re ready to serve up this delicious fall beverage whatever way YOU like it!
So whether you serve plain Hot Apple Cider or get spicy with Mulled Apple Cider, enjoy a cup as we toast the beauty of autumn!
- 1/2 gallon fresh apple cider
- 2 tablespoons mulling spices
- apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks for garnish
Pour fresh apple cider in a heavy-bottom saucepan (or slow cooker) and set on medium-high heat.
Place your mulling spices in a fabric bag and toss it into your pot. Stir occasionally, squeezing the bag of spices with a spoon like you would a tea bag.
Heat the cider until it is hot and flavorful; then set the temperature on warm.
Optional: Garnish the pot with apple and orange slices. Serve in a mug, garnished with a cinnamon stick.