Hot Mulled Cider
Stop in the farmstand for our fresh pressed cider- available by the pint and gallon. Apple cider is fantastic cold or hot, but is especially comforting when warmed and spiced. There is nothing more New England than the scent of cider simmering on the stove filling the house with it's spicy aroma! Make hot, mulled cider at home by following this simple recipe.
Pour 1 gallon of Pietree Apple Cider into a large sauce pan. Wrap 1 TB cloves, 1 TB all spice and 1 TB cardamon seed OR 3 TB pre-mixed mulling spices in a small square of cheese cloth. Drop the spice sachet in the pot of cider with 2 whole cinnamon sticks. Simmer over medium heat until warm and spiced to taste- about 20 minutes. The longer you simmer, the stronger the spice. Remove from the heat once warm and spiced to taste. Drink right away or store in a insulated, vacuum sealed thermos to stay warm and serve as needed.
*use 3TB. of spice for every gallon of cider
This hot cocoa is what we serve in our farmstand during the fall and winter months. It is just the right amount of sweet with a hint of spice from cayenne pepper. This is a dry recipe perfect for storing in your cupboard for making by the cup. This cocoa also makes a great homemade gift! Make a batch and put it in decorative tins or canisters to gift out. Make sure to attach a label with ingredients and heating instructions! Enjoy!
Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/4 cups cocoa, 2 1/2 cups powdered milk, 1 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch, 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or more to taste) in a bowl. Stir the dry ingredients to blend evenly. Store in air tight container to make by the cup.
To make by the cup heat a mug of water or milk, then stir 2-3 TB of cocoa mix in. For an extra special treat top with fresh whipped cream or marshmallows.