As the vibrant hues of autumn paint the town, downtown Princeton, NJ, becomes a canvas of history, camaraderie, and academic brilliance. The streets, echoing tales from the past, invite locals and visitors alike to explore Princeton's rich heritage. The iconic Princeton University stands as a testament to knowledge and tradition, its campus awash with the golden tones of fall.
But what truly captures the essence of the season is the warmth of gatherings. And nothing complements a Princeton fall gathering better than a mug of Golden Carrot's Spiced Mulled Cider. Crafted with fresh apple cider, aromatic spices, and a hint of citrus, this drink is a toast to the beauty and nostalgia of autumn in Princeton. Whether you're strolling through the historic lanes, attending a lecture at the university, or simply enjoying a backyard bonfire with friends, this mulled cider is your perfect companion.
So, as you delve into the wonders of Princeton this fall, let the aroma of simmering cider guide you, and may each sip transport you to cherished memories and new adventures in this enchanting town.
4 cups of fresh apple cider (preferably from a local orchard or farmer's market)
1 orange, sliced
4 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/4 cup of brown sugar (adjust to taste)
Optional: A splash of dark rum or bourbon for an adult twist
Prep the Ingredients: Begin by slicing the orange into thin rounds. If you prefer, you can also stud the orange slices with the whole cloves for added flavor and a decorative touch.
Combine and Simmer: In a large pot or saucepan, combine the apple cider, sliced orange, cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise, ground nutmeg, and brown sugar. Stir everything together.
Low and Slow: Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld beautifully.
Optional Boozy Boost: If you're making this for adults and want a bit of a kick, add a splash of dark rum or bourbon to the pot and stir well.
Serve Warm: Using a sieve or strainer, pour the mulled cider into mugs, ensuring that the spices and orange slices are left behind. If you like, you can garnish each mug with a fresh cinnamon stick or an orange slice.
Chef's Note: This drink is perfect for sipping by a roaring fire or serving at fall gatherings. The warm spices and fragrant aroma truly capture the essence of autumn.