“This would taste great warmed up…with whisky” is what Sean first thought after tasting Ciderboys Mad Bark at the Milwaukee Cider Fest. Mad Bark has a prominent cinnamon flavor which reminded me of mulled apple cider. So we decided to make a mulled cider – spiked with whiskey of course. Mulled ciders typically are made with a spice blend containing flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and orange. The cider is gently warmed with the mulling spices and sometimes honey or maple syrup is added. The whiskey is added right before serving so that all of the alcohol does not evaporate away. We used Journeyman W.R. Whiskey. The W.R. Whiskey is a white, predominantly rye whiskey which is aged for less than 24 hours in new white oak barrels.
Since the Mad Bark has a bit of carbonation we warmed it up in a crockpot with mulling spices, a couple of cinnamon sticks and maple syrup at low setting for about 2 hours. We put it on an hour before our Thanksgiving guests came for dinner and it was ready in time for dessert.
You could warm it on the stove for about 10 minutes but you have to be careful not to let the heat get too hot or you will evaporate away all of the alcohol.
After the cider was warmed it was poured into a strainer. I love tea just as much as I love cider so I happen to have a tea press that I used to strain and pour. However any small mesh strainer will do, you just want to make sure that you get all of the mulling bits out.
After straining and right before serving the whiskey was added. And that’s it! A kicked up mulled cider.
Mulled Hard Cider Recipe
Cook Time: 10 minutes (stovetop) or 2 hours (crockpot)
Yield: Serves 4-5
4.5 cups (3-12 oz. bottles) of Mad Bark Cider, or another cinnamon hard cider you enjoy
2 Tbs of mulling spices
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (optional)
½ cup of W.R. Whiskey, or another light whiskey you enjoy