A few days ago, I shared a recipe for GlÃ¼hwein (hot mulled wine).Â The recipe for hot apple cider is almost identical but since it is non-alcoholic, it is good for young and old alike.
Apple cider is a common Fall and Winter beverage in the United States.Â I made some hot apple cider for my sister’s business associates from Thailand.Â They came to our home town to do an audit, and I fed them an All-American meal (I talked about it here).Â They weren’t sure about the taste of the hot apple cider at first, but after a few sips, they loved it.
If you want a nice warm beverage for a cold Winter day, try making hot mulled wine or hot apple cider.Â When you make them, your home will smell like Christmas, and drinking either one of these beverages will warm your tummy and your soul.
Cut the oranges into slices about Â½ inch thick.
Pour the apple cider into a large pot and turn the heat on low.Â Add the remainder of the ingredients, and stir until the brown sugar is dissolved.Â Cover and bring up to a low simmer.Â Heat through on low heat for about 20 minutes.Â Do not boil.
Serve in a mug.
Hot Apple Cider
Makes 16 servings
1 gallon apple cider
5 whole cinnamon sticks, more to taste
2 tsp whole cloves, more to taste
Â½ cup brown sugar, more to taste
1 orange, unpeeled and sliced about Â½ inch thick
Pour the apple cider into a large pot and turn the heat on low.Â Put the remainder of the ingredients into the pot.Â Stir until the sugar is dissolved.Â Cover and allow the mixture to heat through on the low setting for about 20 minutes.Â Do not boil.
Taste and add additional sugar, cloves, or cinnamon, if necessary.Â Strain the liquid through a sieve to remove the fruit and spices.Â Serve warm in mugs.Â Keeps well in a crock pot or coffee urn on a low setting for serving at parties.