Spicy Hard Cider

How do you spice up hard cider?

Mulling Spices for Cider

  1. Cinnamon sticks or cinnamon chips.
  2. Cloves (whole)
  3. Allspice berries.
  4. Ginger – fresh or dried.
  5. Star Anise pods.
  6. Cardamom pods.
  7. Fresh orange slices or dried orange peel.
  8. Nutmeg – whole crushed or grated as a garnish.

Can you serve hard cider hot?

Cider should be drunk warm, unless when it shouldn’t

Just like with beer, drinking cider ice-cold isn’t always best. In fact, the suggested way to drink it is out of the cask, where it’s closer to room temperature than cold. However, experimenting with temperature can be good.

What alcohol do you put in spiced cider?

Use bourbon or rum

Rum or bourbon are the best choices. Any type of rum works: white rum, aged rum, or dark rum (aged or dark will add more flavor complexity with vanilla and oak notes). Any type of bourbon works as well! The rum melds more seamlessly into the flavor of cider, making it our top choice.

What is spiced apple cider?

Combine cider, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring spiced cider just to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook just below a simmer until flavors meld, about 1 hour.

How do you make hot cider?

Place a 3-quart or larger pot on the stove. Add apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and your clove-studded orange. Cover and cook over low heat, keeping the cider just below a simmer (boiling your cider can cause the solids to cook and separate). Heat gently until spiced through, warm, and fragrant, about 30 minutes.