I’m going to share two ways to use mulling spices to either liven up your hot cider OR your whipped cream!
A couple of winters ago, we were at a local pub and since I was cold, I asked our server if they had hot cider. I was just thinking a warmed up apple cider sounded really great. She seemed pretty excited. “Yeah, we do!” she said, which I thought was a little unusual because servers don’t typically get excited about menu items.
She brought this hot, spiked, mulled cider concoction to me . . . and it was divine.
I’m not even kidding.
I think we might have shopped for ingredients to make our own on the way home, because I was in love.
Here’s how you can make your own.
- Combine apple cider with mulling spices into a saucepan. Mulling spices are typically cinnamon, ginger root, orange peel, lemon peel, and cloves. You can buy mulling spices or make your own. If you don’t have all the ingredients, even a combination of those spices tastes great. The ratio is about 2 Tablespoons of spices to 1 quart of cider but you can add more or less spice to taste.
- Heat the cider for about 20 minutes. It will make your house smell wonderful!
- While the cider’s heating up, whip up some fresh whipped cream. Check below for the Spiced Whipped Cream–it’s amazing!
- Some people put their mulling spices into a bag (like cheesecloth) so they’re in little sachets to steep in the hot cider like tea. We just toss our spices into the cider and strain them out when we dish the cider into cups. Keep in mind that the cider will get darker, the longer you leave the spices mulling.
- Add two shots of whiskey or bourbon and one shot of apple liqueur.
- Top with whipped cream and shake a little nutmeg on top.
If you really want to go all out, spice (or mull) your whipped cream.
I think it’s funny how mulling spices look like chipped wood in the cream.
- Put 3 Tablespoons of mulling spices and one cup of heavy whipping cream into a small saucepan.
- Mix over medium heat until the cream starts to bubble.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand for 10 minutes.
- Strain the cream mixture through a sieve into a metal bowl (for mixing) and refrigerate until completely chilled (about 1 hour).
- Beat the cream until stiff peaks form.
It is Delicious and a wonderful way to fancy up your coffee or your hot cider.