Hot Mulled Apple Cider : The Perfect Beverage for Chilly Holiday Nights

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    Cold weather is here and nothing warms up a holiday party faster than a cup of Hot Mulled Apple Cider!  In fact, these little red beauties are the ideal beverage to hand to guests as soon as they arrive at your party!  Particularly if they’re spiked with some delicious dark rum!  Bye-bye chilly damp December; Hell-o cozy festive party scene!

    The step-by-step recipe is shared in detail in my book, Bite by Bite, but it’s one of the easiest and least intimidating beverages to produce with the BIGGEST impact!  Ordinarily, we put a big iron pot on the stove then add in tons of fresh pressed apple cider, slices of fresh oranges and lemons, several whole cinnamon sticks, a handful of whole cloves and one star anise.  Letting that fragrant kettle of spicy goodness simmer over medium heat for at least 20-30 minutes will yield a delicious hot beverage that everyone will love.  Just add a touch of dark rum to the spicy brew for some added holiday cheer!

    And, when it comes to serving the Hot Apple Cider, classic mugs  or cups work just fine.  But I find it’s chic and stylish to use a hollowed apple as the cup with a whole stick of fresh cinnamon as the garnish.  This simple presentation elevates the look from country farm-stand to modern cocktail party!

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    December 7th, 2011

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