Readers of my blog will know that I love a good cocktail, but since I’m pregnant (and in the home stretch I might add, woohoo!), I’ve been finding ways to create non-alcoholic drink ideas that will allow me to feel like I’m not missing out on all the festivities. New Years Eve is coming up, and I wanted a warm, yummy drink that I could sip on while ringing in 2018 – if I can make it past 9pm that is, LOL. Apple cider is a quintessential winter beverage, and while so many yummy cocktail recipes exist out there that incorporate it as an ingredient, I’ve created a non-alcoholic mulled apple cider recipe that even the booziest of partygoers can appreciate it. It’s warm, spicy, and sweet – even the kiddos will love it. It’s perfect as an easy drink option for hostesses, or even just sharing with your hubby or friends on a night in. Try it, and let me know what you think!
4 cups of apple cider (we used Martinelli’s)
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cinnamon sticks
3/4 teaspoons whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seed
4 whole cloves
Ground Cinnamon (for garnish)
Granulated sugar (for garnish)
Rosemary sprig (for garnish)
Combine the brown sugar, cider, and spices in a large saucepan. Bring to boil.
Cover the pan, reduce heat, and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
Strain the mixture in to a pitcher.
For the Garnish
Pour a small amount of the apple cider in to a low dish or plate.
Mix equal parts sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl.
Dip the rim of your glass in to the bowl or plate of cider, then in to the mixture to create a cinnamon sugar rim. Pour the cider in to the glass, garnish with a rosemary spring, and serve!
Tag me in your Instagram posts so I can see the way you recreate this recipe in your own home! Happy holidays and enjoy!