I love apple season and getting to have fresh-pressed cider is just an added bonus. The other night I was thinking about how much I wanted some apple pie but I wanted it RIGHT then. And since pie takes a while, I started thinking about what I could make instead. Cider. Spiced Cider. Hmmmm, could I add a dollop of ice cream and make it a Cider A La Mode? YES! And this little treat was born.
1 cup fresh-pressed cider
1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 scoop vanilla ice cream (you can use your favorite non-dairy variety to make it vegan)
Heat cider, then stir in sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add ice cream and drink right away.
Please note, this isn't a mulled cider. This is a quick-fix kind of treat. The longer you heat cider with spices, the more intense the spice flavor becomes. If you are going to do this as a mulled cider, you'll want to experiment with the spices to suit your taste. Also, if you ever make mulled cider, I'd recommend using a cinnamon stick rather than ground cinnamon because it gives a great flavor without the powdery consistency of the ground cinnamon.
If you want to make more than one cup, just double or triple ingredients as needed.
Glass mug: TJ Maxx
Handmade kitchen cloth: Katelyn Foutch
Ice cream scoop: Beam & Anchor