Mulled Apple Cider to Warm Your Soul

The apple trees stood frozen and the winter winds howled but inside we were nice and toasty as we sipped mulled apple cider.

Last Friday we invited my family out to our farm for an early Christmas. As the cider simmered on the stove it filled the house with that comforting warm cinnamon smell.  Everyone, kids and adults, loved the cider. The adults added a little extra warmth to their drinks with a shot of brandy. Yum!

Mulled Apple Cider
(Lightly modified from The Pioneer Woman) 

4 whole Cinnamon Sticks
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/8 teaspoon Allspice
Orange Peel From 1 Orange
Lemon Peel From 1 Lemon
1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
3 Qts - 96 oz. Apple Juice (I like Santa Cruz Organic)
Splash of Brandy (optional for adults)

Place all ingredients except brandy in a large saucepan. Bring to almost a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving. Ladle cider into mugs and add a splash of brandy for the adults if you chose. Enjoy!


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