Mulled Cider à la Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie flavors work well with cider.
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted a Mulled Cider à la Pumpkin Pie recipe that didn’t taste dusty and muddy. For the perfect blend of spices (and a method for infusing the cider that wouldn’t take hours) we turned to whole spices, which we toasted briefly in a skillet to intensify their flavors. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and a vanilla bean gave the cider the flavors of pumpkin pie. Sweetening the cider with a little brown sugar gave it caramel tones. Finally, we were careful not to simmer the cider too long so it could maintain its fresh flavor.