Hard Cider with Rockbridge's Tuscarora
Picture yourself around a campfire, roasting ‘mallows while a wool blanket drapes around you. The fire crackles against the night sky, but there’s one thing missing: a mug of warm, hard cider.
This hard cider truly adds an extra dose of fall! Just when you thought your weekends would slow down after the summer, now they’re chock-full of apple-infused everything and harvest festivities! And here’s one more for you.
Essentially, this is cider’s take on mulled wine. Since I haven’t mastered apple cider—honestly I just wanted to make this recipe snappy—I bought a jug of Country Acres Apple Cider from my local Whole Foods. I added the usual fall spice suspects, then I paired it with Virginia wine, of course. Rockbridge Vineyard’s Tuscarora White made with 100% Vidal Blanc seemed most fitting. A light, semi-sweet wine that’s crisp like green apples, Tuscarora is a perfect complement to this simple, hard cider.
Whip this up when you’re in a pinch! Perhaps you have some last minute tidying around the house or appetizer prep for your next football party or, though you may be shy to admit, for a good ol’ Harry Potter marathon. Soon enough—and let me tell you, it is very soon—the spices will start filling your house with an aroma that says, “I’ve been baking pies all day.” Instead it’s this fall elixir that will easily woo your guests and forgo their pie assumptions, at least for the moment.
So, grab a mug, ladle this spiced goodness to the top and cozy up with fall’s cocktail.
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8-10 servings
1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle Rockbridge Vineyard’s Tuscarora White
1 apple, thinly sliced to garnish
Add apple cider and spices to a large pot. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn heat to low. Add white wine, allowing it to warm with the cider mix. Ladle hard cider into mugs, and garnish with an apple slice. If you’d like, serve it in a crock-pot, and set it near a few mugs for easy serving.