I love apple cider, especially during a visit to a cider mill to get apples and some freshly fried donuts. You can’t have those yummy donuts without a glass of cider to wash them down. However, that is the only time I like to drink it “straight”. I do love it in all kinds of recipes and I am sharing 3 favorite ways to use this traditional Fall beverage.
Apple Cider in Mulled Wine, Ice Cream Float and Smoothie
Ina’s Mulled Wine with Apple Cider:
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon; I used Clos du Bois
- 1/4 cup orange blossom honey; you can use any kind
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, zested and juiced; about 1/4 cup
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- orange slices to garnish
Combine the first seven ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes. Strain well and pour into mugs (makes about 7 cups) and add an orange slice or peel and serve this delightful hot beverage that will warm your tummy.
I prefer this recipe over my old recipe because of the addition of apple cider which makes it not quite so strong. See Mulled Wine Three Ways for recipes with just wine.
Apple Cider Float:
- apple cider
- ice cream or frozen yogurt (I like a blend)
- apple pie spice
- apple garnishes (see below)
Fill a small glass with a couple scoops of ice cream, top with apple cider and sprinkle with some apple pie spice. Garnish with these cute apples using a small cookie cutter. Delicious and a fun dessert 🙂
- large apples
- small cookie cutters; the apple cookie cutter is 2″ high x 1-1/4″ wide
- red and green food coloring
Slice the apples 1/4″ thick, maybe a little more. Using your cutter place it through the apple ring avoiding the core. I could get 4 apples on 1 slice. Dilute the green and red food coloring. With a small paintbrush paint the leaf green and the apple red. Place a garnish stick through it and place in the apple cider float.
I have lots of small cookie cutters that would look great in any recipe needing a garnish.
Apple Cider Smoothie:
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 sliced banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries, chopped
- 1 cup frozen mangoes, chopped
- 1 cup ice, crushed
Blend above ingredients until smooth. Yummy…
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2015/10/25/apple-cider-mulled/