As I've gotten older (and moved into a home with a much more attractive entertaining space and kitchen!) I've really begun to enjoy hosting. There's just something so special about gathering friends and family together, whether for the holidays or for no reason at all!
While I enjoy hosting, I am still such a novice when it comes to making sure every detail has been taken care of - I'm hoping this is a skill I will more expertly develop over time! I've found that while hosting a smaller sized get together, as I did last weekend for my girlfriends, it's fun to include a few small touches which make your event unique and memorable even if every detail isn't perfect.
I wanted to share today this recipe for my favorite new holiday cocktail to prepare for small to medium sized parties! This recipe was so easy and quick to prepare that I was delighted when it was so well received and loved by my guests!
So here it is - Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail (or mocktail) as first seen on Cupcakes & Cashmere
I started by combining 2 liters of Martinelli's Apple Cider with 1 liter of Simply Apple Juice in a large pot and simmered with a few cinnamon sticks and shakes of nutmeg and cloves
After simmering for approximately 30 minutes, I removed the cider from heat and let it sit to cool
While the cider was cooling, I diced 4 apples into cubes, transferred them into a bowl and added a 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of sugar, stirring to evenly coat the apples. I let this mixture sit to let the juice and sugar soak into the apples
Once the cider had cooled to a warm (not hot) temperature, I added the apple mixture (including the lemon juice & sugar at the bottom) to the cider and popped the pot into the refrigerator to cool for a few hours.
Once ready for the party, I transferred some into a pitcher for easier pouring and was ready to go!
Fill glass half - 3/4 way with cider and apples and top off with either sparkling wine for a refreshing cocktail or sparkling cider to make it a perfect mocktail! To add extra flair, garnish with a cinnamon stick for stirring.
Christmas eve, Christmas day or New Years parties coming up? It's simple, refreshing and seasonal. I hope your guests love it as much as mine did!
Happy Holidays Everyone!