Mulled Orange-Spiced Apple Cider
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One of my favorite drinks of the fall happens to be apple cider. I love the authentic taste of farm-fresh, pressed apples which are processed into delicious apple cider. Here in New England, apple cider is actually enjoyed either hot or cold, and can be made even tastier by adding extra spices, and fruits to make warm Mulled Orange-Spiced Apple Cider. My wife recently helped to make this amazing recipe that I am excited to share with you all!
This past weekend, I picked up a gallon of farm-fresh pasteurized apple cider to use as a base for my Mulled Orange-Spiced Apple Cider. Along with the cider, I also picked up some fresh anise stars, allspice berries, clove, oranges, apples, and some Emergen-C Super Orange which is my “secret ingredient”.
You can find Emergen-C products like Super Orange at your local Walgreens store in the vitamin aisle.My wife, and I love Emergen-C because it is a great way to get in nutrients like B vitamins, antioxidants†, electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. Pretty darn cool huh?
It has a delicious fizz, and tastes like fresh oranges. It not only goes great in this warm mulled cider, but also in smoothies, protein shakes, and alone as a refreshing pick-me-up. The 7 B Vitamins enhance energy naturally* without caffeine which is always a plus when I do not want to drink any more coffee for the day. I like to keep a few packs in my desk at work when I need to feel revitalized and refreshed.
As for this Mulled Orange-Spiced Apple Cider- holy deliciousness. This folks is the drink you MUST make for your friends and family this holiday season. I swear, it is like heaven in a cup and contains the perfect balance of orange, apple, and spices. Plus, as an added bonus it smells your home up with the scents of the season as it gently simmers. After you strain the spices, and fruit from this, you can add a little water to a smaller pot and return them to the stove on low to serve as potpourri.
Want to make this delicious Mulled Orange-Spiced Apple Cider? Here is what you will need:
- 1 gallon of farm-fresh apple cider
- 4 all spice berries
- 4 whole cloves
- 4 Anise Stars
- 1 apple sliced-I made mine super cute with star cut outs
- 1 peel of a whole orange
- 1 orange sliced and cut into quarters
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 package of Emergen-C Super Orange (secret ingredient)
- 1 cup of whole cranberries
Add the cider to a thick-walled stock pot
Sprinkle in the spices, and fruits to your stock pot
Bring liquid to a boil, and then simmer for 15 minutes on low
Once done simmering, use a fine mesh strainer to collect the spices, and fruits
Save some fruit for garnishing if desired.
Serve warm and enjoy all the flavors of the season in one cup!
*tip* add discarded extra fruit and spices to a small stock pot and simmer on low to make potpourri for the day.
This Mulled Orange-Spiced Apple Cider is not only packed with the flavors and scents of the season, but thanks to the Emergen-C it is amped up with extra nutrients.
Will you be trying this Mulled Orange-Spiced Apple Cider? What is your favorite way to enjoy Emergen-C?
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†Vitamin C, Zinc and Manganese
^Based on using the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.