A History of Cider
Cider is a relative of wine, with almost as ancient a history. Cider was common in England back before Christ, where apple trees were worshiped as sacred.
Cider always had alcohol in it. Especially in New England, cider was immensely popular drink with the pilgrims and was drunk at meals by everyone, including children. Even clergymen, while denouncing “harder spirits”, would drink cider as a matter of course.
In those days cider was not sweet, because there was no refrigeration. Now that modern technology makes it easy to keep liquids cool, sweet cider is a very popular beverage. Modern language has also evolved so that “cider” often means non-alcoholic, while “hard cider” means the stuff with alcohol.
This is the perfect hot drink to serve to your guests during the holidays. I like to make it especially on Halloween night. Our traditional Mulling Spices contain no added sugar or artificial flavors. The spices are packed in loose form, so that you may mull the spices the old fashioned way and in the quantity you desire to steep per batch. We have included a muslin bag to place your spices into. These bags can be gently washed by hand and reused. There is enough to make 5 individual batches or up to a gallon. Autumn has truly arrived with the warm smell of simmering apples and cinnamon. As nights grow colder, gather friends and family around the fireside and enjoy a warm “cup of comfort.”
Autumn Apple Mulling Spice
2 C. apple juice or filtered apple cider
1 C. water
1 ½ heaping tablespoons of Autumn Apple Mulling Spice
2 C. apple or pear wine (substitute in place of juice) optional
1 muslin bag (included)
Place 1 ½ heaping tablespoons of the TZM Autumn Apple Mulling Spice into the muslin bag
Add 2 Cups of apple juice, cider or substitute wine, and 1 Cup of water into a heavy duty pot. Place the tied bag into the pot and bring the juice, cider or wine up to a simmer over medium heat. Do Not Boil. Steep for at least 1 hour. Fill mugs and enjoy!
Yields: 4 – 6oz. servings
Total Time: 1 Hr 10 Min.
Cook time: 60 Min
Prep Time: 10 Min