I came across this picture of cider on pinterest and suddenly my thoughts went to holding a warm mug of tart and sweet cider by the firplace… Here is a recipe I use every year to get me in the holiday mood…
1 Jug Apple Cider or Unfiltered Apple Juice
1 – 2 oranges
2 sticks cinnamon
1 package of cloves
Place a jug of apple cider or juice in stock pot on the stove on medium heat.
Create a pomander with your oranges and cloves by pressing the pointed side of the clove into the orange. This gives great flavor, but its also really pretty and is fun to do with kids. You can create patterns with cloves or just place at random like polka dots.
Plop orange and cinnamon sticks in to the pot of juice and reduce to a simmer and let steep for 10 min. Keep on the stove and serve warm… Use this same recipe for adults and add brandy or swap out the juice with 1-2 bottles of red wine for a mulled wine treat. You’ll need to add sugar if using wine about 3/4-1 cup sugar per bottle to taste. Enjoy!