My family isn’t getting in until 11pm or so tonight, and though I know we’ll probably all want to go to bed pretty quickly, I also know we’ll likely end up staying awake and chatting for at least a little bit. My plan is to have mulled cider simmering on the stove when we return from the airport, filling the apartment with its amazing fragrance and ready to ladle into mugs. Doesn’t that sound delightful and oh-so-fall? Here’s the recipe I’m using, from Martha:
2 quarts apple cider (8 cups)
4 strips lemon zest
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole star anise (optional – we won’t be including as we haven’t been able to find them)
1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
1 teaspoon whole cloves
In a large saucepan, bring cider, lemon zest, and spices to a boil; cover, and remove from heat. Let steep at least 20 minutes (or up to 4 hours). Ladle carefully into mugs, leaving most of the solids behind.
P.S. I might have to make this for someone as a Christmas gift. Too cute!