Matt and I stayed home for Thanksgiving this year. We decided to do our own thing because we had just had Eleanor, I was still very uncomfortable to travel and we just wanted to do our own thing and cook what we love and not have to worry about entertaining. One of the things I made was this amazing mulled cider/wine that I got from Martha Stewart. It sounded so perfect to have simmering on the stove all day – a little cider, a little wine, fruit, spices and maple syrup! I doubled the recipe and kept it hot in the crock pot and it was a warm and welcome treat, always ready, for when we had a drop-in visitor or felt the need for some holiday cheer. I think I’ll have to make it again for Christmas – it’s just too festive to only enjoy once!
- 3 cups fresh apple cider
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 orange or 2 tangerines (sliced – I used 6 cuties and they were the perfect size for a cup!)
- 1 medium apple (sliced 1/4 inch thick)
Bring all the ingredients to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and keep hot on the stove. Or combine all the ingredients into a slow-cooker and heat on high until boiling, then reduce to warm and have it ready for guests and yourself all day!
*I love this recipe from Martha Stewart! The maple syrup and the peppercorns added such a sweet warmth to the drink and a depth of flavor not had in other mulled wines or ciders I’ve had.