Merry Mandarin Spiced Cider Cocktail Recipe

December 16, 2015

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,

But this cider is so delightful.

And since we've got the kids in tow,

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Oh, it doesn't show signs of stopping,

And I've brought some mandarins for topping,

A hot cider is the way to go,

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

When the kids finally say goodnight,

How I’ll love snuggling up with a mug,

And if you really spice it right,

This drink will be like a hug!

The fire is slowly dying,

And my dear, we're still imbibing,

But, as long as you fill my cup so,

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Enjoy this spiced hot cider as a cocktail spiced with rum, bourbon, whiskey or brandy or serve it as an alcohol-free mocktail for the kids. It's easy to make and everyone will stay toasty and happy!

Merry Mandarin Spiced Cider 
Courtesy of Wonderful Halos

1 1/2 cups Wonderful Halos mandarin, juiced
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/4cup sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
1 star anise
1 teaspoon whole allspice
Thinly sliced Wonderful Halos mandarins for garnish

Instructions:

Juice mandarins and lemons, then strain out pulp and set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.

Heat over medium-low heat until sugar has dissolved and juices are hot.

Serve garnished with a thinly sliced Wonderful Halos mandarin, a couple of allspice, and a star anise.

For adults: add a shot of rum, bourbon, whiskey, or brandy.

Enjoy and happy holidays!

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