The weather is getting cooler, the Blue Jays are out of the postseason race, and the equinox is tomorrow, so we all know that fall has arrived. One of my favourite fall drinks, one that I serve at all Thanksgiving dinners, is mulled apple cider. In celebration of my last GameThread of the season, I share my recipe:
Minor Leaguer's Famous Mulled Apple Cider
This is best if you start it just before the first guests arrive. As the cider is mulling, the aroma will fill the house and make your friends and family forget all about this horrible season.
Wash an unpeeled medium-sized orange, and stick 30-40 cloves into it to make a spiked orange. In a large pot, heat 4 litres of apple cider to about 85-90°C--watch that the cider never boils. While it is heating, put in around 8 10-cm sticks of cinnamon, 3 slices of unpeeled fresh ginger, around 20 allspice berries, 3 star anise, a teaspoon or two of nutmeg, 5-10 more cloves, and the whole spiked orange. You can also add in orange slices if you want a bit of tartness (I personally don't). Once it reaches 85-90°C, turn the heat down to low and let the cider steep uncovered, for at least 45 minutes, but you can keep it heating throughout the evening to get more flavour out of the spices.
You can serve the cider by itself or with a bit (or a bit more) of Bulleit bourbon.
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Edwin Encarnacion is back in the lineup! Yay run(s)!
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|Brett Lawrie - 3B||Derek Jeter - SS|
|Colby Rasmus - CF||Nick Swisher - RF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Adam Lind - 1B||Alex Rodriguez - DH|
|Moises Sierra - RF||Russell Martin - C|
|Kelly Johnson - 2B||Curtis Granderson - CF|
|J.P. Arencibia - C||Casey McGehee - 1B|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Ichiro Suzuki - LF|
|Anthony Gose - LF||Jayson Nix - 2B|
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