We were recently in Vermont, and as per the recommendation of a friend, we stopped at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill for breakfast dessert and indulged in their famous apple cider donuts. While there, we spotted a giant jug of fresh apple cider and couldn't resist.
The past week has been filled with home-made baked donuts, mugs of warm cider while binging on our new favourite show, brainstorming about how to recreate the epic apple cider sorbet we had in Waterbury, and (naturally) trying to come up with a boozy way to finish off the jug. Mulled wine just felt right, after waking up yesterday to our first snow fall of the season -- filled with all the warmth, aromatics and alcohol one craves this time of year.
4 cups apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
1-2 whole star anise
1 T honey
1 1/2 cups white wine (sauvignon blanc)
1 apple, sliced
What to do:
Combine the cider, spices and honey in a pot. Bring to a boil, then lower to an uncovered simmer for 10 minutes.
Turn the heat to low. Add the white wine and apple slices. Warm through for about 5 minutes, ensuring the liquid doesn't boil (you don't want the alcohol to evaporate!)
Serve warm, with an apple slice for garnish.