Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

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Thanksgiving is upon us – a favorite, no doubt, of many. It’s a time when we can fill our bellies to maximum capacity, without guilt, and our hearts with copious love as we surround ourselves with family & friends. It gives us the warm and fuzzies just thinking about it. And though you likely don’t need more warm and fuzzies, we thought we’d share a staple on our thanksgiving tables – hot mulled apple cider with whiskey. Guaranteed to warm & fuzz you from your heads to your toes.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten, see original recipe here.


1 gallon of Red Jacket Orchards Original, Honey Crisp, or Heirloom Cider
6 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges, peels & juice
8 whole cloves
5 star anise
2 inch of fresh ginger, sliced
1 apple, sliced
½-1 cup Templeton Rye Whiskey (optional)

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan to simmer over low heat for 10-20 minutes. Alternatively, you could use a crock-pot & simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, then change to the warm setting for service.


Pour into cozy mugs, garnish with orange peel & cinnamon stick, & enjoy.