Mulled Apple Cider

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What sort of person are you? Does the weather affect your mood? It certainly does for my household. My husband says we can never move to Washington because he needs the sunshine. I, however, thrive under cloudy skies and fat rain drops. Hand me my chunky scarf and an oversized cup of tea. I’ll be happy the entire day.

This is one of my favorite drinks to accompany the chill in the air. Mulled apple cider. Ahhh, can’t you just smell it? Oranges, apples, big cinnamon sticks and a little bit of ginger set the whole thing in motion. Five minutes of prep, toss all that beautifulness into the crock pot and let it work its magic.

I’ve been told it’s hard to find time to eat well. To enjoy healthy food. This recipe is great way to prove those people wrong. Instead of white sugar, I used coconut sugar. The rest of the ingredients are already nutritious and fantastic immunity boosters. Not to mention how good your house will smell! 

 

Mulled Apple Cider

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 apples
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • enough cold water to cover everything
    Optional Add-Ins:
  • 2 star anise
  • 12 cloves, whole

Instructions

  1. Slice the apples, orange and lemon. Don't worry about the peels or seeds. You'll strain all of this at the end.
  2. Combine the spices and ginger along with the fruit into a crockpot. Turn on high for 3 hours.
  3. Once the three hours are up, use a potato masher to get more of the flavor out of the softened fruits.
  4. Cook for another 20-30 minutes. Sift the cider using a strainer over a large container. Make sure it's one that can handle the heat.
  5. Ladle the cider into mugs, and celebrate the cold weather!
  6. This drink can be stored in the fridge, but make sure you take time to re-heat it thoroughly before serving.
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