Warm. Spiked. Perfect.
We're closing out Apple Week with a perfectly spiced, perfectly spiked, mulled apple toddy. This warm cocktail is very easy to make using your slow cooker, or the slow cook option on your Instant Pot. You can also use a heavy bottom pan on your stove - the world is your oyster and the possibilities are endless.
I couldn't decide if my favorite part of testing this cocktail was how amazing my house smelled as I was making the mulled cider, or the taste testing of the cocktail. It was all so perfect, as we are quickly transitioning from Summer to Fall here in the Pacific Northwest.
So you may be thinking, what is the difference between apple cider and mulled cider. Well - I have an answer for you. Mulled cider is simply apple cider that has been heated with spices and oftentimes fruit.
It taste like everything I would expect fall to taste like
Mulled cider originated in the South West of England, and has been enjoyed by all for hundreds of years. Mulling spices typically consist of whole allspice, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and dried orange rind. All of my favorite things.
🏷 Time: 4 hours (5 minutes of active time)
60oz Fresh Squeeze Apple Cider
1TBSP to 1/4c Mulling Spices (adjust to your level of spice tolerance, I like a very spiced cider, so I used 1/4c)
1TBSP Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
2 Cinnamon Sticks
Whiskey, Rum, Brandy - whatever your heart desires
1/2c Heavy Cream
2tsp Fresh Ground Cinnamon
1/2tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
You will want to use a slow cooker or a heavy bottom pot on the stove. You can absolutely use the slow cooker functionality on your Instant Pot as well
Pour apple cider and mulling spices into the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours
Strain out mulling spices and pull cinnamon sticks
Right before you are looking to serve, pour heavy cream, sugar, fresh ground cinnamon, and the vanilla bean paste into the base of a stand mixer (or in a medium bowl if using a hand mixer)
Beat on medium speed about 3 to 4 minutes, until medium peaks form (careful not to over mix, this will turn it into butter - cool, but not what we want here)
In a heat safe mug, pour mulled cider and one shot of your favorite whiskey, rum, or brandy
Top with cinnamon whipped cream, and dust with additional ground cinnamon