9/30 is Mulled Cider Day – Here’s Your Mulled Wine & Cider Recipe!
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Mulled Cider Day may not be until Saturday, September 30, but here at The Glorious Grape we’re celebrating early – but only for research purposes! It’s a good thing I made a small batch of this stuff, because I’m only halfway finished my first glass and I can feel it already. So if you, dear reader, like your drink recipes strong – this is for you!
And if not? Well, I’m all for recipe tweaking at your own discretion. But just be aware – you will be missing out on some seriously good cider.
Now, let’s get down to business. This is all you will need to make this delicious Mulled Wine & Cider Cocktail:
I had to add a dash of another ingredient halfway through, so it is not pictured here, but we will get to that in a moment. For this recipe I used a slow cooker, but if you prefer being more hands-on you can execute this on a stove-top (just refrain from boiling the contents throughout the process).
Next, toss in those delicious whole mulling spices. I ended up breaking my cinnamon sticks in half, but that was just so they would lay down nicely in my tiny little slow cooker. Now you can peel and chop up your fruit. If you want to serve the mulled fruit with your cocktail, then I would suggest making thin slices or an even chop. But if you’re like me and all you care about is the liquid goodness without any obstacles getting in the way, cut up your fruit however awkward you damn well please and chuck it in there ASAP. You can even skip the peeling part!
Time now to pour over all of the liquids…cider, wine and liquor of choice. For my wine, I went with Barefoot Red Moscato ($12.99 on Amazon), because I wanted something lightly sweet, and I definitely wanted a red-hued cocktail. Plus, at only $6.99, it doesn’t break the bank! For my liquor, I chose Marker’s Mark Bourbon, simply because we have so much of it at our house – like a handle’s worth! We even have an additional 4 bottles of premium Bourbon, and 2-3 more bottles of high-end Scotch. You can really get creative with this part, though, and try out other options like whiskey, brandy, rum, or even SoCo.
Now, time to let the magic happen! Set your slow cooker on to “low”, and periodically come to check on it. You want to make sure the liquid isn’t boiling – if it is, turn it down a notch to the “warm” setting. You also want to give that baby a good stir to make sure all the flavors are melding together well.
Lastly – give it a taste! You won’t know if it’s to your liking if you don’t try it before you serve it. I noticed mine needed a bit more sweetness, so I decided to add about 2 tablespoons of real honeycomb from a tub of my locally sourced honey stash. I also topped off a bit more Red Moscato, for a total of 3/4 bottle used in the recipe.
Tried it again and…perfect!
Now all you have to do is ladle the delicious concoction into your glass of choice, garnish with a few extra mulling spices and leftover fruit, and – voila! The perfect spiked cocktail for fall sipping!
Spiked Mulled Wine & Cider
The perfect fall cocktail to warm you up on a chilly day - made with Moscato wine, apple cider, mulling spices, fresh fruit and spiked with a little liquor! You can opt to use the whole bottle of wine in this recipe if you so choose, but I prefer to save a bit for sipping on while the recipe is cooking.
- 3 Whole Anise Stars
- 3 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
- 8 Whole Cloves
- 3 Pieces Fresh Ginger peeled, and thinly sliced
- 2 Tbps Honeycomb (or honey)
- 1 Orange (or similar citrus; I used mandarin) peeled and sectioned
- 1/2 Apple peeled and chopped
- 3/4 cup Bourbon, Whiskey or Brandy (I used Maker's Mark)
- 3/4 bottle Moscato (I used Barefoot Red Moscato)
- 2 cup Fresh Apple Cider
Add whole spices, ginger and honeycomb (or honey) to bottom of slow cooker.
Add fruits and their peels on top of spices.
Top off slow cooker with all liquids, and stir to combine.
Cook on low for about one hour, stirring occasionally. If liquid begins to boil, reduce heat to warm.
Ladle cocktail mixture into mugs or heat-proof glassware. Garnish with additional fruit and whole spices, if desired.
Let me know how your cider turned out in the comments, and feel free to share some of your favorite fall recipes, too. Cheers!