|December 21, 2010||Posted by Ashley Marie under Crock Pot, Drinks, Holiday|
For those of you who enjoy indulging in your fair share of holiday spirits (rum punch, spiked eggnog), I have come to you with my own recipe for spiked apple cider. Many tries, careful deliberation, and gallons of apple cider later, I think that between my mother, my boyfriend and myself, we have come up with a tasty final product. A good robust cider is key, but the mulling spices (store-bought or some combination of your own) add the perfect spice and even pepperiness to kick your batch up a notch. A bit of citrus adds a great fruitiness, and a touch of honey adds some sweetness that may or may not be desired. But most importantly, is your choice of liquor. Brandy compliments the spice and adds a little “oakiness,” apple schnapps gives a hint of vanilla and the vodka, well, gets you drunk. Serve warm with an apple slice and be merry!
Homemade Spiked Apple Cider
1 gallon apple cider
1 bag of mulling spices OR 2 each cinnamon sticks, 1 tbsp cloves, 1/2 tbsp whole allspice and 1 tbsp star anise (you could also add whole nutmeg)
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 tbsp honey
1 cup Apple Schnapps
1 cup plain vodka
1 cup brandy
1 red or green apple (any variety) for garnish
Put all of the liquid and the sliced fruit into a crock pot. Use a piece of cheesecloth to hold all of the loose spices and tie with a piece of string or butcher’s twine. If you don’t have either, feel free to add the spices as they are and strain the liquid before serving. Once everything is in the crock pot, turn it to high and let it sit for at least two hours but preferably about six. Turn it off (or to a “warm” setting) and serve it in a holiday glass and garnish with either an apple slice or apple ring.
*Note: This can also be served at a later date by warming in a microwave-safe glass or cup for about 1-3 minutes.