A “Treat” for the Adults

The title really could go either way on this one, but rest-assured I’m referring to a delicious beverage that we serve up to the adults each Halloween. This recipe is a tradition that goes back a few years. I’m not exactly sure how far back, but it’s been our go to Halloween beverage for quite sometime now. Bonus points: it’s super easy to make.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Gallon of Apple Cider
2 C Rum (more or less depending on your tastes tolerance) – we’ve also used Bourbon, but since we are a Bourbon drinking family we prefer to save the good stuff for the rocks.
4 tbsp mulling spices – can use off the shelf; recipe for making your own below.
Baking string

Mulling Spice Recipe:
Combine equal amounts crushed cinnamon stick, whole allspice, dried orange peel, star anise, and whole cloves. Save in a jar and use for mulling cider or wine.

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Here’s what you do:

This recipe can be made on the stove top or in the crockpot. I prefer crockpot because it regulates the temperature better. This is also an easy recipe to cut in half for smaller crowds.

  1. Pour cider into the crockpot on low heat.
  2. Add rum (or bourbon).
  3. Cut a 6×6 square of cheesecloth and place mulling spices in the center.
  4. Wrap the cheesecloth and tie with baking string.
  5. Place the wrapped mulling spices into the crockpot.
  6. Bring to temperature (should be steaming and not boiling).
  7. Reduce to the “keep warm” setting and serve.

I’m not going to say that you should offer this to parents who are taking their kids around the neighborhood, but if I were taking my daughter around I would prefer a cup of hot cider to candy. Just saying. 😉


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