Or at least, here, is arriving. October and November are notoriously volatile months weather-wise as we slip from our very pervasive summertime into a mild winter. This week was the perfect example: Monday was in the 50s, with our first true and crisp foray into sweater-weather, and by Friday it was well into the 80s once more. Oh well. Nonetheless, I took this as my sign that fall had arrived and whipped up a batch of spiced apple cider last night.
Spiced (or "mulled") cider is incredibly easy to make, as you just put everything into a pot and let it stew. It's even easier to personalize by tasting as you go and adjusting the strengths of the different flavors you enjoy most prominently. Here, I've listed the simple recipe I used and enjoy the most.
I used a 1.75 L jug of Zeigler's Organic Apple Cider that I happened to pick up at my local Whole Foods. Since this is such an odd size, I've included a range of quantities for ingredients, which I used the upper end of. I suggest putting in the smaller amount to start, then tasting and adding as you go along!
- 1 jug apple cider
- juice of 1.5-2 lemons
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 5-7 whole cloves
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- dash of ground nutmeg
- 3-4 T honey (you may want to lessen or skip this if your cider is already sweetened)
I like mine as-is or with a bit of almond milk and a splash of caramel syrup. Whipped cream can also make a great topping!