Mulled Cider with Cranberry Sauce

Originally posted by Jess – January 15, 2015imageThis week, I had a bad cold.  I am almost over it, but I had been stuck with a lingering cough for about a week. I had dreams of a a warm wintery elixir that would chase the last of loitering germs out of my lungs. It has long been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and this off-the-grid mulled cider proved that to be true. There are many delicious mulled cider recipes out there, and when starting with a cider as rich and fruity as that which Box Mill Farms provides, you can’t really go wrong.  I took a cup of my homemade whole cranberry sauce and mixed it with about a quart of the cider and a little cinnamon. I gently warmed it in a saucepan, and when the flavors were sufficiently melded (5-10 minutes) I ran the mixture through a fine sieve. The result was a beverage with a very nice mix of flavors. Between the spice of the cinnamon, and the tart of the cranberries the sugar of the cranberry sauce (I usually don’t use too much sugar in my sauce) there was a bonus layer of flavor added to an already great beverage. Best of all, the cranberries from the sauce were left with a yummy apple flavor. My four year-old actually asked if he could have the cranberry sauce with his dinner, and we all enjoyed the warm cider together.  This was a fun and flavorful experiment for sure.  Though this was a very simple mulled cider, you can, of course, expound on the flavors as you see fit.  There is a never-ending combination of spices, rums, citrus and other fruits which you could try in your own mulled cider.  

About Jess

Jess Anderson is the creator of CSA|365 and is passionate about the local food movement. A long time member of Springdell and a busy mother of two, Jess loves keeping her family fed by honest local food.