Enjoy everything fall and winter have to offer with this mulled apple cider with cranberries. This warm drink is sweetened with maple syrup and is great on its own or with a touch of bourbon!
I don't know what it is about this fall, but I have been all about the cozy drinks lately. Earlier I shared apple cider mimosas, pumpkin shrubs, and apple cider hot toddy. Now with this mulled apple cider with cranberries. I am almost set with drinks for the season. And, I suppose I've been keeping my promise with a lot of apple cider recipes this year!
I love mulled drinks. There is nothing I love more than walking through the city during a particularly cold day and smell mulled wine and other mulled drinks being made at small vendors next to the shops. There's never been a time that I turned down a hot cup and bag of candied pecans fresh off the skillet. City life, I miss you.
While there is nothing I would love to have more than a traditional mulled wine, it isn't exactly the kind of drink the whole family can enjoy together. To remedy this, I found this incredible mulled apple cider recipe with cranberries from the The Crown Maple Guide to Maple Syrup cookbook. If you are even a little interested in maple syrup, this is the cookbook you need. It goes into the history and science of tapping maple syrup and how to cook with it in sweet and savory applications. For anyone who wants to go naturally sweet with unrefined sugars, I cannot recommend this book enough. My only issue is that the book also uses ingredients like granulated maple sugar which isn't readily available in stores, so you have to plan on some online shopping ahead of time, especially if you want to do some baking.
That being said, the mulled apple cider with cranberries is an incredibly easy recipe that can definitely take on mulled wine as the winter drink of choice. The fact that my kid can drink it with me makes it even better. But if, I don't know, a splash of brandy and Cointreau, ends up in your grown-up mug of mulled apple cider, that'll stay between you and me.
Mulled Apple Cider with Cranberries
- 2 oranges large
- 4 cups apple cider
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
- 1 cup dark maple syrup
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 vanilla bean split open
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Carefully peel the outer skin of the orange, leaving the white part of the skin still attached to the orange.
- Add the orange skin and remaining ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes to concentrate the flavors.
- Strain out the orange skin and spices.
- Serve warm.