Hot Mulled Cider is a delicious autumnal or holiday drink, incredibly quick and easy to prepare, and a perfect way to warm up chilly nights.
Wassail is the Old English or Old Norse version of mulled cider. Traditionally served in medieval days to celebrate an apple harvest to pray to God for blessings on the upcoming apple season yet a year away.
“Wassail” appears in English literature as a salute as early as the eighth-century poem Beowulf, in references such as “warriors’ wassail and words of power” and:
The rider sleepeth,
the hero, far-hidden; no harp resounds,
in the courts no wassail, as once was heard.
With six simple ingredients, Hot Mulled Cider is the perfect choice for a quick yet festive drink to serve guests or to sip in front of a roaring fire.
Hot Mulled Cider
2 quarts apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 apple, thinly sliced
6 whole cloves
2 star anise (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, heat over medium heat until cider comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and continue simmering about 10 minutes.
Serve warm in mugs.