Photos and Recipe By Melanie Hutti; Gypsy Hill Photography
Winter brings with it cold outdoor adventures, marching through snow to our favorite outlooks and snow parks. A hot beverage tucked away in a thermos is essential for warming creaky bones and cold hands, and this mulled cider does the trick.
To “mull” something simply means to add heat and flavor with spices.
This cider accomplishes both: warmed just right over hot coals with whole clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon added for a touch of seasoning. This recipe can be used with ginger beer or wine depending on your palate.
How To Make Mulled Fireside Cider
- 1 Gallon Organic Apple Cider
- 3-4 Dried Star Anise Pods
- 12 Dried Allspice Berries
- 10 Whole Cloves
- 1/2 Tsp Freshly Ground Nutmeg
- 5 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 Orange, Sliced Thinly
- 1 Red Pear, Sliced Thinly
- 1-2 Bottles Ginger Beer (If Desired)
- Prepare fire/hot coals
- Slice fruit, and set aside
- Pour 3/4 of the cider into a 4-Quart Dutch Oven
- Add sliced fruit and dried spice blend, stir gently
- Pour in 1-2 bottles of ginger beer (ginger beer can also be substituted with white/red wine)
- Place the Dutch oven indirectly over the fire and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until hot
- Serve in mugs with additional fruit slices and spices
Melanie Hutti is the stay-at-home gypsy of Gypsy Hill Farm located in central Kentucky. She loves to travel, but equally loves her time on her farm with her husband and two teenage sons. She is a full-time Occupational Therapist in the public schools, where she uses gardening as a therapeutic activity for her students with exceptional needs. She spends her evenings and summers off in her garden and behind the camera with her hobby photography business, Gypsy Hill Photography. She loves cooking, canning, and serving as a missionary in Haiti. She is a collector of hobbies and loves anything food and nature centered.