Mulled hard cider: Black Star Farms’ own recipe

Sunday, December 16, 2012 features hard ciders from two kinds of producers: dedicated cideries who make nothing but cider, and wineries who make fruit wine but also include hard cider as an offering.

One of the latter is Black Star Farms, a winery and “agricultural destination” in northwestern lower Michigan that makes all kinds of grape wine, fruit wine, brandies, eau de vie and even a hard apple cider. mulled hard apple cider

Black Star also has lodging, the Inn at Black Star Farms, and a café called The Hearth & Vine that’s run by executive chef Jonathan Dayton, whose menu changes according to what ingredients are seasonally available from the estate and local area farms.

Since, to quote a famous Christmas carol, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” here’s Black Star’s very simple recipe for a cold-weather, holiday fave: mulled hard cider:

1 bottle Black Star Farms Hard Apple Cider (any dry-tasting hard cider will work as a replacement, note: this cider comes in wine-sized 750ml bottle.)

6 oz. water

1/2 cup sugar (don’t worry, Black Star’s hard cider is semi-dry and tastes even dryer than its 6% residual sugar)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

Couple sprinkles of ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients into saucepan and give it a good stirring. Now, no more stirring! Heat gently but do not boil. All of the spices will float to the top. Skim them off, serve warmed, happy holidays!

—Todd Spencer



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