Friday, January 14, 2011

Honey-Mulled Cider

Here's a warming non-alcoholic drink that the whole family can enjoy. The honey makes it especially soothing if you have a dry or scratchy throat. This recipe makes 8 to 10 servings.

Several pieces of stick cinnamon, about 6 inches' worth total
1 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp whole cloves
2 1/2 quarts apple cider or apple juice
1/3 to 1/2 cup honey
Opt: Ground nutmeg and long cinnamon sticks for garnish

Place the cinnamon pieces, allspice and cloves in the middle of a piece of cheesecloth. Bring the 4 corners together to form a pouch and tie with a clean string. Combine the apple cider and honey in a large pot, add the spice pouch and bring to a low boil on the stovetop, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. Remove from heat, discard the spice pouch and serve the hot cider in mugs. If desired, garnish each mug with a dash of ground nutmeg and a long cinnamon stick.

Zestfully yours,
Carolina Sauce Company

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