Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Perfect Autumn Beverage

I love mulled cider. In trying to decide which recipe to use for this post, I was torn between recipes offered by 2 Food Network chefs that I love—Bobby Flay and Ina Garten. I went with Garten’s recipe because I love the flavor and scent of star anise. If you’ve never used this spice, you have got to try it! It smells like a holiday all by itself. I often put a few star anise and few whole cloves into a saucepan of simmering water. This concoction makes my house smell wonderful. Be careful not to let the water evaporate completely or you’ll end up with scorched spices. Now, on to the recipe.

Mulled Cider 

by Ina Garten of Food Network


·       1 gallon fresh apple cider

·       4 cinnamon sticks

·       8 whole cloves

·       6 star anise


  1.       Combine all ingredients into a pot and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, or until all flavors are combined.
  2.       Pour into mugs and serve hot.
  3.       Makes 12 servings.
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1 comment:

  1. The recipe looks easy and sounds delicious. I often add water and spices like cloves and cinnamon to a coffee cup, heat it in the microwave and leave it on a table to create a wonderful fragrance in a room.