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Mulled Apple Cider made in the dutch oven fills your house with the aroma of the holidays. Gingerbread spices, sweet local apple cider, and the vibrant flavors associated with holiday meals come together in a traditional warm drink the whole family can enjoy.
Being located in Maine, we are blessed to have access to fresh Apple Cider nearly all year long. Our own farm in recent years has been the source of many gallons of apple cider thanks to a neighbor’s cider press. And it’s certainly on our list of things to obtain for our journey on this farm.
Even before the time of farm life for our family, I worked at a coffee shop. My dad would frequently visit me on his way home from work or I would bring drinks home for everyone after my shift. His favorite during the fall season was a hot cup of apple cider with caramel flavoring.
So when thinking about dutch oven drinks I could make for you to enjoy this holiday season, you know hot apple cider was there at the top of the list. So let’s dive in.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Tools You May Need
How to Make Mulled Apple Cider Video
This recipe really couldn’t be any easier. Tie the spices in a piece of cheese cloth, or simply toss them into the dutch oven if you’re okay with straining later. Add the apple cider and fruit. Bring to a boil on the stovetop and reduce to a simmer. Taste as you go. The intensity of the spices will increase as the cider reduces. I found mine to reduce by half when I was happy with the flavor. To make spiked mulled cider, add whiskey or a bourbon for best flavor.
Additional Spices You Can Include
- Other dried or fresh fruit such as apples, apricots, or dried blueberries
Common Questions About Mulled Cider
- This recipe is easy to double, triple, etc. and takes really no time at all to bring together. Consider how large your crowd will be and plan accordingly for how much apple cider you will need. When all is said and done, the apple cider reduces by half. So buy a bit more than you think you’ll need.
- Love the idea of Caramel Mulled Cider but don’t think all your guests will? Grab multiple flavors of syrup and pumps, then set out at a drink station. Everyone can add flavors as they would like to cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and whatever other drinks you’re serving. They even make fruit flavored syrups for cold drinks!
- Make multiple batches days prior to your get-together and on the day of, serve from a crockpot or a pot kept warm on the stove.
- For easy removal of spices, wrap in a thin layer of cheesecloth that has been tied, removing the need for straining.
- Dutch oven busy preparing other recipes? This can be done in the slow cooker as well. Add all the ingredients and set to low for 8 hours.
The Dutch Oven is so versatile and a must have for any cast iron enthusiast! Check out all the other kinds of recipes you can make in just one pot.
Dutch Oven Mulled Apple Cider Recipe
- 7 quart dutch oven
- handheld zester
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 cup whole cranberries
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg fresh
- 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice berries
- whiskey optional
- caramel flavoring optional
- Add all primary ingredients to a large dutch oven. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes on the stovetop. Serve warm with listed optional ingredients.
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