My friends, it is time for spiced apple cider and I'm SO excited! Mulled cider is one of the simplest pleasures, and it makes me deeply happy. I picked up some cider at the Greenmarket on Sunday and made my first batch of the season later that afternoon. It's very simple, and it makes the whole apartment smell delicious long after the cider disappears. I've been using these mulling spices for ages (I restock annually), which I simmer in cider for about 20 minutes. I put the spices in a fine mesh sieve over a saucepan, which makes clean up easy.
If you want to kick your spiced cider up a notch, just add a jigger of apple brandy or bourbon when ladling the cider into mugs. Long before I knew how to make a proper cocktail, I would make spiked apple cider for every fall occasion. A word of advice here: you don't need to use top shelf alcohol. The cider and mulling spices provide deep flavors and aromas that would overpower fine spirits, so house brands will work just fine.
However you take it, I hope you enjoy the drink that I consider like sipping fall in a glass!