Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mulled Cider

Regular readers of this blog probably know that I like using local ingredients, particularly apples. This week, on a road trip with my girlfriend we stopped at an orchard to go apple picking. We took home 2 bushels and spent the day making different apple recipes. We made apple pie with a buckwheat crust and homemade fruit roll-ups. We also juiced some of the apples in the blender to make some warm mulled cider. It was so delicious that I had to share the recipe here.  

The most essential ingredients in mulled cider are the cloves and cinnamon, but you can experiment by adding other fruit and spices. Try fresh ginger, orange slices or cranberries. Mulled cider is also great spiked with a little booze. Brandy is traditional, but you can also use rum, whiskey or a mix of all three. My new favorite mixer of choice is Zubrowka, a Polish vodka that's infused with bison grass. It has an herbaceous flavor that goes really well with apples.

Ingredients:

1L apple cider
3 sticks cinnamon
5 cloves
5 juniper berries
1 apple, sliced
4 oz Zubrowka vodka (optional)

Add all the ingredients together in a large pot and simmer for 10 minutes. serve warm.

6 comments:

  1. Zubrowka Vodka is THE BEST!! I just hope the SAQ will keep stocking it....we by half a dozen bottles every time we see it....(amazing how fast it goes).

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