I've practically been living for apple cider ever since the air in Austin started to crisp a little. I crave the flavors of fall and the holidays and nothing tastes more like that to me than mulled apple cider.
Mulling spices are very popular, especially in nordic and northern countries, and especially around the holidays. If you love some good food history, check out a brief history of mulled wine, here.
Anyways, just as I was getting full fledged into the cooler weather and holiday feels, the temperature jumped back into the 70s on a humid Thanksgiving so my dreams of warm sipping faded away and I decided a smoothie might be a better bet.
For super simple Mulled Apple Cider Smoothie, you will need:
2 Cups Apple Cider (make sure the only ingredient is apples! Unsweetened, unfiltered apple juice, basically.
3/4 cup milk or mylk of your choice. I used cashew, but coconut, almond, or even cream would work.
1/4 cup chia seeds
and 1 tbsp mulling spices (find these at your local bulk bin, or online for pennies! They look like peppercorns.)
cinnamon sticks, optional
Combine mulling spices, cinnamon, and cider in a small pot on the stovetop. Bring to a boil then let sit on the stove to cool. After they have set for a half hour or so, strain cider through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a large cup, removing the mulling spices. Keep in the fridge until cool.
At the same time your cider is cooling, mix your chia seeds with your milk and stir well. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until a gel is formed.
Combine all ingredients in a blender, add some ice, top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sip into seasonal bliss!