It wouldn’t be Fall if there wasn’t an overabundance of apples at your disposal. Even so, apples aren’t always my first choice when it comes to eating fruit — unless they’re covered in caramel — (normally I go for a banana, pear or mixed berries). While apples aren’t always at the top of my fruit totem pole, one thing I do look forward to every Fall is apple cider.
So okay, it’s technically not really different from apple juice, but there’s just something whimsical about apple cider being readily available in the Fall and enjoying it warm and mulled!
This past weekend, we got together with some of my college friends to do a Fall beer tasting. Before I had the chance to contribute, there were 21 beers lined up to sample, so I instead whipped up a batch of spiked apple cider for everyone to enjoy before and after the tasting.
Now you’re wondering where the spiced rum is right? I know. I know. But rum and I broke up in college and we’re still not on speaking terms, so I had to find my way on the road less traveled…
I was originally just going to throw some whisky in and call it a day, but then noticed I had some neglected cinnamon schnapps laying around and decided it couldn’t hurt!
I heated all of the ingredients, except the alcohol (didn’t want to cook out all the fun!) and my apartment was soon filled with the warm, welcoming scent of cinnamon. It was so inviting, even Kia couldn’t keep away!
I rimmed the glasses with cinnamon sugar that doubled as both a decorative and tasty feature for a little something extra.
When I brought it to the beer tasting, my friends enjoyed the whisky/cinnamon schnapps spiked cider both heated and chilled. It was a pleasant change from the usual spiced rum spiked cider that I will look forward to making again very soon!
P.S. If you happen make extra like I did, jarring some spiked cider makes a great cheap-and-easy gift for family and friends!