Mull This Over: Hot Spiced Cider For Cool Days – and Nights

It seems like a perfect end to the month of September. The air seems more crisp today, and the breeze certainly is a lot more brisk. [Ladies: no need to fuss with a hairdo today, as the wind is giving everyone the “tousled” look. Just pretend the look is intentional.]. The trees are suddenly brilliant, dipped in colors from the red-orange-yellow end of the rainbow. It seems perfectly fitting that today we have the most perfect “holiday” to round out this month: the September 30 celebration of National Mulled Hot Cider Day.

You can buy a hot spiced apple cider from the coffee shop and drink it from a paper [or styrofoam – yeech!] cup, but why not try making your own? It’s ridiculously easy with our Mulling Spice Blend:

  • Start with 1/4 cup spice blend for every gallon of cider [or 1 Tbsp for each quart; 1 tsp per generous mug];
  • Stir, heat gently.
  • Ladle into your favorite cup.
  • Sip – or slurp – and enjoy.

Easy like Sunday morning, right?  The flavor of the spices in our mulling spice blend brings out the flavors of your warm tea, cider, or wine. Mmmm. It is almost worth the weather getting cold and gray every fall, knowing that we have warm spiced drinks to look forward to again. [Well, almost.] Nothing warms the soul like a nice hot mulled drink on a cold winter evening.

You can also use our mulling spice blend in your own homemade mulled wine. A traditional European winter favorite, mulled wine is [usually] red wine, combined with spices and typically served warm. Use 1/4 cup of mulling spice blend for every two bottles of wine. The Alsace French call this Glohwein [unappetizingly pronounced Gloo-wine]. Northern Italians call it vin brul? [burned wine] and make it sometimes with fruity non-grape wines like blueberry. Scandanavians call it Glogg [glooog], and sometimes make it with non-alcoholic fruit juice — and then spike it with vodka, acquavit or brandy.

Whatever variety of mulled drink you decide to try first, you’ll find our mulling spice is perfectly blended with orange peel, cinnamon, star anise, allspice, and clove.

Simmer cider, tea, or wine in a pot on the stove. Break out that giant coffee percolator you only ever use when you have a houseful of company — the delicious smell may inspire you to invite folks over. Take a thermos of warm, delicious mulled drink with you for cold kid soccer practices, or on bike rides, to extend the riding season a little farther into the fall.

The intoxicating smell and spicy taste of hot mulled cider [or tea, or wine!] will make you so glad that fall is here again.

Photo: “Vermont Apples For Sale,” by Vilseskogen on Flickr