10 Ways to Spice Up Mulled Cider Slideshow

Step up your favorite fall drink with these easy additions

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10 Ways to Spice Up Mulled Cider

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A traditional cup of mulled cider — which in America usually means non-alcoholic apple juice as opposed to the hard stuff — is sure to please, but have you ever thought about taking it to the next level? Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to step up your mulled cider.

Whether you throw in some alcohol, milk, butter, or fruit, each added ingredient will provide a unique flavor to your warm cup of heaven.

Check out 10 ways to spice up your mulled cider.

Add Extra Brandy

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Adding extra booze to your cider will transform your quiet night by the fire into a party. Not all mulled cider recipes call for alcohol, but if you’re looking to give your cider a serious revamp, we suggest brandy.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe with brandy.

Add Fruit Juices

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We already suggested adding whole pieces of fruit, but who says you have to stop there? If you’re looking to give your cider a tangy twist, include the juice of a clementine or pomegranate.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe with fruit juice.

All About the Cinnamon

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Mulled cider is the ultimate fall drink, and cinnamon is the ultimate fall spice. Together, they’re a match made in heaven. Many mulled cider recipes call for a specific amount of cinnamon sticks, but keep in mind that there is no limit. An extra pinch of cinnamon has a huge impact on your cider.

Click here for more cocktail recipes that include cinnamon.

Butter It Up

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Adding butter to your recipe will give your mulled cider a smooth, creamy taste. In fact, butter and rum work together as quite the duo in any mulled cocktail.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe with butter.

Experiment with Herbal Tea

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Mulled drinks and tea both calm you down, so, why not combine the two? By adding herbal tea to your cider, you can sip away on a tasty treat while obtaining all of the health benefits tea provides.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe with herbal tea.

Explore Sugar Options

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Many mulled sugar recipes say “add sugar.” What kind of sugar, you ask? The answer is any kind you’d like. You could always use ordinary sugar, but brown sugar will help you achieve the true essence of fall.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe with brown sugar.

Mix It with Another Mulled Drink

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Take your cider from ordinary to extraordinary by mixing it with another mulled drink. Using traditional mulling spices, mull Scotch or whiskey and infuse it with cider.

Click here for a mulled whiskey infusion recipe.

Savor the Scotch

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Cider is best enjoyed when it’s cold outside. If you choose a strong, notable Scotch to add into the mix, it will contribute a cozy aroma that will keep you snuggled up and ready for winter.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe with Scotch.

Step Up the Spice

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Many mulled cider recipes already call for spice. If you’re looking to take your average recipe to the next level, we suggest doubling the amount of spice. Serve extra-spicy cider at your next holiday party — it’s sure to wake up your guests.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe that includes allspice.  

Throw in Some Fruit

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Not prepared for summer to end? Though many warm-weather cocktails call for fruit, you can give your cider a tropical twist as well. We have a recipe that will make your cider fruity and ease the transition into autumn.

Click here for a mulled cider recipe that includes fruit.