Sweet and subtly spiced this Elderflower spiced apple cider is a delicious take on a Christmas favorite! Alcoholic mulled wine version and non-alcoholic versions of a twist on classic mulled wine included.
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Hot and Spicy Elderflower Spiced Apple Cider
Christmastime is so full of special moments- and delicious foods and drinks. One of my all time favorites (and not even at Christmas- anytime it is cold) is spiced cider and mulled wine.
The best kind of holiday cocktails are those that can taste the same when made non-alcoholic, since so often holiday entertaining includes children, friends who don’t drink, and friends who are expecting– this recipe is delicious both with or without the booze, so everyone can enjoy!
How to make Elderflower Spiced Apple Cider
To make this cider assemble the following ingredients:
Apple cider – apple cider is the base of this, it is sweet and seasonal. If you don’t have apple cider in season you can add an equal amount of apple juice and 1 cup of applesauce.
Apple wine – this is very similar to a bottle of sparkling grape juice so you can substitute with that.
Saint germain – this liquor will add the elderflower flavor, for non-alcoholic add 1 cup elderflower juice.
Cointreau – this liquor has a lovely orange flavor for a non-alcoholic version add 1/2 cup orange juice.
Bittermilk No.2 Tom Collins with Elderflowers & Hops Cocktail Mixer – this can be found at liquor stores, there is no alcohol in this product
Mulling spices – see the tips and tricks below for how to make your own.
Orange – these add a nice color when added, make sure you slice them into rounds.
Apple – these add a nice color and texture to this cider. I love to eat them when they have soaked up the cider.
Cinnamon sticks – cinnamon sticks add a spicy festive flare to this cider.
Once you have assembled the ingredients use the following method.
- Slow cooker – Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and heat on low for at least 1 hour. You can cook it longer if you like.
- Stir – stir occasionally to prevent the fruit from sticking to the bottom and burning. Serve this hot from the slow cooker.
Tips and Tricks for perfect Elderflower Spiced Apple Cider
Keep the alcohol separate for adults. If you are making this for a mixed age group, you can mix all the alcohol in a separate bowl and only give the adults access to it to spike their own.
Kick it up a notch. If you want your cider extra strong (for crazier holiday parties), spiced rum, whiskey, or even vodka go great in this mix.
You can adjust the ingredients. Add more orange or elderflower flavors, more or less mulling spices – whatever you like!
Making your own mulling spices is simple, you will just need to combine: 1 crumbled dried orange, 1 crumbled dried lemon, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon of whole allspice, 1 tablespoon of whole cloves, 1/2 tablespoon cardamom pods, 1/2 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns. Store in a jar for up to 6 months!
Yes, you can make this in a standard pot just don’t even bring the mixture to a boil. Simply simmer it in a pot on the stovetop for 1 hour before serving.
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Elderflower Spiced Apple Cider Recipe
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Sweet and subtly spiced this Elderflower spiced apple cider is a delicious take on a Christmas favorite! Alcoholic mulled wine version and non alcoholic versions included.
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 bottle apple wine, alcoholic version OR 1 bottle sparkling grape juice (n/a version)
- 1 cup saint germain, alcoholic version OR 1 cup elderflower juice (n/a version)
- 1/2 cup cointreau, alcoholic version OR 1/2 cup orange juice (n/a version)
- 1 cup Bittermilk No.2 Tom Collins with Elderflowers & Hops Cocktail Mixer, can be found at liquor stores- there is no alcohol in this product
- 1 tablespoon mulling spices
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 apple, sliced into rounds
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker and heat on low for at least 1 hour. You can cook it longer of a spicier cider
- Stir occasionally to prevent fruit from sticking to the bottom and burning.
- Serve hot from the slow cooker.
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Mulling Cider Spices, Mulling Spice Mix, Mulled Wine Spices, Classic Cider Spices (4.0 oz)
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Amount Per Serving Calories 157Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 25gProtein 0g
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