Creating (and Reliving) Wonderful Memories
Today I have another simple recipe for you! Get in the festive holiday spirit with some delicious hot mulled cider 🙂
The smell of hot mulled cider takes me back to my childhood.
You see, we would spend the major holidays at my grandma’s house.
My uncle would come to visit (my sister and I adored him), delicious smells would fill her small house, and the mood was always light.
I am grateful to have idyllic holiday memories from my childhood and treasure them.
Fun fact: the sense of smell, more than any other sense, is able to trigger memories and emotions. Check out Psychology Today to learn more.
Hot Mulled Apple Cider Recipe
This recipe has so much going for it!
It makes my house smell amazing, it tastes divine, and it makes for a cozy afternoon to sit in a chair with a great book and a mug of mulled cider on those cold days.
It’s a good thing I don’t make this every day (or every week) because I would just sit in said chair with said book and get absolutely nothing done!
I traditionally made this mulled apple cider recipe at Christmas, just like my grandma did. It is a way that I can bring her into the holiday even though she is no longer with us.
I love that I can make this recipe in the slow cooker – it takes almost no effort at all and fills my house with a heavenly, comforting smell.
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Note: I usually halve this recipe for ten or fewer people.
Hot mulled cider is a great way to welcome your family home after a long day. It’s also great for creating a cozy atmosphere on a chilly fall or winter weekend afternoon.
For added ambiance at your next gathering or get-together, whip up a batch to have quietly simmering in the background. Your guests will thank you!
Our Mulled Cider Recipe is Designed for the Slow Cooker
Place 2 Tablespoons of mulling spices (found in the spice aisle) in a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with a string to form a bag.
Alternatively, if you don’t have mulling spice, you could use 2 teaspoons whole cloves, 2 teaspoons whole allspice and 3 cinnamon sticks.
Place cider and brown sugar in a 3-qt. slow cooker (this one is my favorite!); stir until sugar dissolves. Add the spice bag. Place orange slices on top.
Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag.
Ladle warm cider into large mugs and serve with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired.