Do you love Fall as much as I do? I always dread the beginning of Fall because it means Winter is just around the corner but I really do love the season. If we could just freeze time right now when we can still walk outside in t-shirts and no coat life would be good! But I know this won’t last forever so it is time to find some good ways to keep warm when the temperatures start to drop. I’m planning to take a break from both caffeine and sugar in the coming weeks but I still want to be able to enjoy a nice hot beverage like this tasty Mulled Cranberry Cider.
I like cider as you can tell from these posts:
Today’s cider is just a tad bit different than what I normally make – it doesn’t include any apples and can be made so easily in your blender or by starting it in your blender and then simmering on the stove top depending on your patience and how much flavour you want to infuse. Okay, so let’s get down to business and make us some mulled cranberry cider. It is just a wee bit tart but all delicious.
What does it mean to be mulled anyway? In the simplest terms it means to be heated with citrus and spices. We’ll use an orange, some cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves to give this mulled cider the depth of flavour. This recipe can easily be spiked with dark rum, orange liqueur or can be a good base for mulled wine.
Add the water, cranberries and 1/2 and orange (peeled) to the blender along with a dash each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. In my Vitamix, I use the soup setting to blend and heat. Upon completion, the mulled cranberry cider is ready to go…but if you want a stronger flavor pour into a pot, add the remaining orange in slices and toss in a few cinnamon sticks and allow to simmer on medium-low heat.
Serve it warm with an orange slice, cinnamon stick and a few fresh cranberries.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 orange, sliced
- 6 cups water
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- cloves dash of ground
- cinnamon sticks, optional
- Add cranberries, water and 1/2 of an orange (sliced with peel removed) to blender.
- Run the soup program or blend on Variable speed 8 for 5-6 minutes.
- Serve or pour mixture into a pot, add remaining orange and cinnamon sticks and simmer on stovetop for minimum of 15 minutes to infuse flavour.
You can pour the mixture through a fine sieve but not required when using a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 86 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 32mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 10g Protein: 1g