Immune-Boosting Mulled Elderberry Cider
What better drink than a warm & cozy cup of hot cider? there's nothing quite like a warm, flavorful cup of mulled elderberry cider to kick off this fall season. This super simple cider recipe combines the goodness of Seattle Elderberry Maple Syrup, fresh apple cider, and a medley of organic spices, creating a comforting overload that is sure to tantalize your taste buds while providing tons of health benefits.
Combine the Ingredients: In a large pot, pour the fresh apple cider and add the Seattle Elderberry Maple Syrup. Stir well to combine the flavors. Place the pot over medium heat and let the mixture come to a gentle simmer.
Add the Spices: While the cider is warming, add the organic cinnamon sticks and allspice berries to the pot. These spices will infuse the cider with their aromatic flavors. Stir occasionally to ensure the spices are well-distributed.
Add Fresh Fruit: Slice the organic apple and orange into thin rounds. Add them to the pot, allowing the fruits to release their juices and natural sweetness into the cider.
Sweeten to Taste: If you prefer a sweeter cider, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup at this stage. Taste the cider and adjust the sweetness according to your preference. Stir well to incorporate the maple syrup into the mixture.
Strain and Serve: After simmering, remove the pot from the heat. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the mulled cider into another pot or heat-resistant bowl. This step ensures a smooth, clear cider without the solid spices and fruit pieces.
Serve and Garnish: Pour the strained mulled elderberry cider into mugs or heat-resistant glasses. Garnish each serving with a fresh orange slice, cloves, and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
Absolutely! In fact, mulled cider often tastes even better after sitting for a while, allowing the flavors to meld. You can prepare the cider and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. When you're ready to enjoy it, gently reheat the mulled cider on the stovetop over low heat. Be cautious not to bring it to a boil, as this can affect the flavors.
Using organic ingredients is a personal choice. Organic produce is grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, making it a healthier option for some individuals. However, if organic ingredients are not available or within your budget, you can still make delicious mulled cider with non-organic ingredients.
Certainly! If you prefer an alcoholic version, you can add a splash of rum, bourbon, or brandy to each serving just before serving. Choose a spirit that complements the flavors of the cider and spices, and adjust the amount according to your preference.
You can prepare mulled cider in a slow cooker or crockpot by combining all the ingredients and setting it on the low heat setting for 2-3 hours. This method allows the flavors to infuse gradually, creating a delicious, aromatic mulled cider.
While you can reuse the cinnamon sticks and allspice berries for another batch, the fruits are best enjoyed fresh. Reusing the fruits might result in a less vibrant flavor. For the best taste, it's recommended to use fresh fruits for each new batch of mulled cider.