Repurposing mulled cider
I have about 3/4 gallon mulled cider left over from a party. I'd love to hear any ideas you might have for using it up!
- sprinkle a packet of plain gelatin over one cup of cider. When it softens, heat to a simmer, stir one minute to dissolve. Cool to room temp, stir in another cup of cider, a little red food coloring (optional), refrigerate until gelled. Makes 4 dessert portions.
- boil down by at least a half, use as syrup for pancakes, ice cream, baked apples, pound cake, or in toddies.
Use it to make oatmeal
As the liquid for braising cabbage
Add to a pureed sweet potato or butternut squash soup
Add lots of cinnamon, a star anise, clove and some brandy- drink hot
Use it as the liquid for cranberry sauce. Poach pears. Spike it and drink it all day long Thanksgiving.
Based on this recipe from pepperedsalt.com:
Reduce 3 cups of cider down to 1 cup over medium heat. Whisk in 2 tbs Dijon mustard and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Cook down a bit to thicken slightly. Add 2 tbs olive oil or bacon drippings add more vinegar if it is too sweet . Remove from heat.
Chop 3 Honeycrisp apples, stir into warm dressing to coat. Over fresh baby spinach, add a spoonful or two of apples, a bit of cooked bacon, crumbled, and goat or blue cheese, cut into bits.
make spiked cider caramels
use the liquid to braise chicken sausage
salad dressing (in place of vinegar)
I made a pretty tasty batch of jello shots with mulled cider, homemade cinnamon whiskey, and a bit of sugar.