This time of year, I love gathering with family in front of the fireplace with a warm beverage in hand!
These special recipes are just the right touch to make sure your guests feel cozy and comfortable. The secret to each is the fresh juice…so whip out that juicer and put it to work!
Mulled Cider Recipe
- 14-16lbs apples
- 2 oranges
- 2 apples
- whole cloves
- cinnamon sticks
- ¼ brown sugar
- Dash cinnamon
- Dash clove
- Dash nutmeg
It takes about 36 apples (14-16 pounds) to make a gallon of juice for this recipe. Wash and core your apples. Process through your juicer and add to your crockpot until it’s full (you may have extra juice; store this in your fridge to replenish your cider as your evening continues).
Wash 2 oranges and 2 apples and pat dry. Poke whole cloves into the fruit, adding as many cloves as you like. Place poked fruit into the juice in the crock pot. Add 2 cinnamon sticks and ¼ cup of brown sugar and stir.
Take a lemon and using a vegetable peeler, cut off two long strips of lemon rind – be careful not to get any of the white pith in the mix. Slice the remaining lemon into thin slices and drop 4-5 slices into the cider pot. Turn your crock pot on high and bring to almost a boil (could take up to an hour).
Turn crock pot on low and add a dash of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Simmer on low for another hour before serving. The crock pot can be kept on low with the lid off while your guests ladle their beverage. When your crock pot is no less than ¼ full, you can replenish your beverage with the leftover juice in your fridge. Enjoy!
Mulled Wine Recipe
- 2 bottles dry red wine (I use Trader Joe’s 2 buck chuck)
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 oranges)
- 2 more oranges (one to float on top, and one for garnish wedges)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
Wash and peel your oranges. Process through your juicer. Pour a cup of your fresh squeezed orange juice and your wine into your crock pot. Add your sugar and spices, stir to dissolve. Float cinnamon sticks and cloves on top. Slice one orange into rings and float on top.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4 hours. Serve with the lid off and on low. Ladle into cups and garnish with additional orange slices. Enjoy!