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December 1, 2013

Let the Merry begin!

It’s that time of the year and there is no better way to get into the holiday season than with a cup of hot mulled apple cider. After some research and experiments, I have come up with what I think is a really lovely mulling mix blend. Here are the ratios that I used:

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5.5 parts cinnamon sticks

2 parts whole allspice

2 parts whole star anise

1.5 parts whole cloves

2 parts crystallized ginger

2.5 parts craisins

2 .5 parts dried orange rind (choose oranges with thicker rinds)

2 parts dried apple

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Peel oranges rinds into thin strips. Peel apples and discard peel. Dice apples into very small cubes.  Place rind and apple cubes on a parchment lined baking sheet and back at 200ᵒF for an hour or until dried out.  Place cinnamon sticks in a large plastic bag and crush with hammer until broken into small pieces. Slice the crystallized ginger into small strips. Combine all of the ingredients and your mulling mix is complete.

mulling mix

Now it’s time to mull. What you’ll need:

3 TBSP of mulling mix

1 bottle of Cidermaker’s Select

1 cup of apple juice

2 TBSP brown sugar

Splash (or large splash) of brandy or apple liqueur

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Place mulling mix in a cheesecloth pouch. Add pouch and all other ingredients to a large saucepan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

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February 22, 2013

It Took a Village

As we get ready for another year of bottling. I started to think about all of the help we’ve had along the way.

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January 25, 2013
Here We Come A Wassailing

Here We Come A Wassailing

This past weekend we were joined by our family and friends at the second annual Left Field Cider Wassail. Most people in Canada have never heard of wassailing and when trying to explain it, I am often met by blank stares.

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