Although winter is not my favorite season, I always enjoy it when fall hits to have a hot cup of mulled cider. Truth is you don’t have to wait till fall or winter to enjoy this mouth-watering treat.
In early fall we have what our family calls apple day, and it has become an annual event. There is always fresh Mulled Cider from the apples we have pressed out in my brother-in-law’s barn. (not a farm animal barn).
The kids all help pick the apples and then help with the pressing. Normally we have 3 different types of chili. White Chicken Chili, normal chili and spicy chili. It always reminds me of the start of fall.
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What Makes this Mulled Cider Special?
With this mulled cider recipe the addition of a five-spice powder is used rather than a classic pumpkin pie spice. It will add a little something special to an already terrific tasting combination.
You are going to love the aroma that fills your home each and every time you make it. When your family or guests come into your home they will love how homey it smells. For your next gathering, you could make up a batch and have it simmering in the kitchen. Your guests will wonder what you have been cooking all day!
What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Mulled Cider?
For this recipe, you will need 1/2 gallon of fresh apple cider, a medium orange sliced, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 3 cinnamon sticks. You will also need 10-15 whole cloves, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of five-spice powder. Optionally you can garnish with fresh orange slices and whole cinnamon sticks.
Where Did Mulled Cider Originate From?
Hot Mulled Cider has an uncanny likeness to the old pagan tradition called Wassailing. Wassail (the word) comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael’ which is by definition ‘good health’. That drink was made from curdled cream, roasted apples, mulled ale, eggs, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and sugar.
What Size Crockpot Should I Use?
For this recipe, I would use a 7-quart crockpot. You may also want to use a crockpot liner which allows for less mess when it is time to clean up. If you want to double a recipe to freeze a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.
- ½ gallon fresh apple cider
- 1 medium organic orange, sliced
- ½ c. fresh orange juice
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 10-15 whole cloves
- 2 t. ground cinnamon
- 2 t. five-spice powder
- Add all ingredients to a slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7. When finished, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and cooked orange slices.
- Ladle warm cider into large mugs and serve with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Cook Time: 3 hours on high or 7 hours on low.