sparkling mulled cider


Mulled cider is such a versatile drink this time of year; it makes the chilliest of days more enjoyable when served warm and is a delightful base for cocktails when chilled.

What I love about this recipe for Sparkling Mulled Cider is that one batch can be served either alcoholic or non-alcoholic depending on guests preferences. I prefer to pair the cider with lemon sparkling water, but a dry sparkling white wine would be equally lovely. Mugs of leftover cider can be heated the next morning as a warm start to your day.

May your 2014 be filed with the comfort and joy of friends, family and all that you hold dear.

Happy New Year!

SPARKLING MULLED CIDER
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 quart pure apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mulling spices
  • sparkling water or dry sparkling white wine, chilled
  • coarse sugar to rim glasses (optional)
PREPARATION
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine apple juice, sugar and mulling spices.
  2. Simmer over medium heat for twenty minutes.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Strain spices and transfer cider to a bottle or pitcher.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve or at least thirty minutes.
TO SERVE
  1. Rim the edge of your glass with coarse sugar, if desired.
  2. Fill glass halfway with chilled cider mixture and top off with either sparkling water or sparkling wine. Enjoy!