These mulled apple cider popsicles take the wonderful fall flavors of apple and mulled spices and turns them into delicious and refreshing popsicles. Made with nonalcoholic cider they are a treat the whole family can enjoy.
What is the difference between cider and hard cider?
The term cider is used to describe different drinks, depending on what part of the world you live in. In the UK, Australia and New Zealand cider is the term applied to an alcoholic drink made from fermented unfiltered apple juice. In the U.S. this alcoholic cider drink is called hard cider.
In many parts of the world unfermented apple juice, or cider in the U.S., usually refers to cloudy apple juice or apple juice that has not been filtered, thus retaining its cloudy appearance.
This recipe uses nonalcoholic cider or unfermented cloudy apple juice to keep these popsicles a kid-friendly frozen treat the whole family can enjoy. A great allergy-friendly treat for Thanks Giving or Fall for the kids that's dairy-free, nut-free and egg free, so it ticks all the boxes!
Apple cider: to make these popsicles good for everyone to enjoy I have used cloudy apple juice, also known as nonalcoholic cider. Cloudy apple juice is usually available in the chilled section of the store.
Cinnamon sticks: I use whole cinnamon sticks to give it a lovely warming flavor. If you can't get whole cinnamon sticks you can use a teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead.
Whole cloves: will all a great warmth to the cider without any gritty bits but they can have quite a strong flavor. Don't be tempted to add too many and make sure you strain them before pouring the mix into the popsicle molds.
Star anise: have a sort of licorice flavor. If you don't like them you can leave them out.
Ginger root: fresh ginger root gives these popsicles a lovely warming flavor. You can use a teaspoon of ground ginger instead, depending on how strong you like ginger flavors.
Oranges: give this recipe some fresh citrus flavor. You can use whatever citrus you like including mandarins or tangelos.
Apples: you can use whatever apples you like in this recipe, so long as it's a type you like to eat.
How to make mulled apple cider popsicles
Cut the apples and oranges into thin slices and add to a big pot. You can cut some star shapes out with a cutter if you want for some optional extra prettiness.
If the apple cider has settled gently shake the bottle to incorporate the sediment. Tip the cider into the pot with the orange and apple slices. Add the slices of ginger root, star anise, cinnamon sticks and cloves.
Stir the pot, put a lid on and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn down the heat and simmer for thirty minutes or so or longer if you want a stronger mulled spice flavor in your popsicles.
Remove from the heat. Pour the mix through a sieve to filter out the spices and orange and apple slices. Put into a heat-proof jug and chill in the fridge for at least two hours or until cold.
Hot tip: make sure there is room in your freezer for the popsicle molds before pouring the mix into molds, or there will be tears!
Pour the mix into the popsicle molds, add sticks and apple stars if using, and freeze for at least four hours, preferably overnight.
How to serve
To serve gently remove from popsicle molds and enjoy!
How to store
These popsicles will keep well in an airtight container in the freezer with parchment paper between them to stop them from sticking to each other for up to a month. After this the spice flavors may start to dull, but they will still taste delicious.
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Mulled apple cider popsicles
- Popsicle molds and sticks
- 4 cups (1 liter) non alcoholic apple cider or cloudy apple juice
- 1 medium orange
- 2 medium apples
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 whole star anise
- ¼ inch fresh ginger root
- Slice oranges and applies. If you want you can cut some star shapes out of the apple slices using a small star cutter.
- Add apple and orange slices to a medium pot.
- Gently shake apple cider/juice to incorprate anything that may have settled out and add to the pot.
- Add spices. Cover and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 30 mins until the juice has taken on the wonderfull warm flavours of the spices.
- Remove from heat and leave to cool.
- Strain mix and chill in fridge.
- Pour into popsicle molds. If you cut out apple star shapes you can add these to the popsicles for extra prettyness.
- Add sticks and freeze for at least four hours or until frozen solid.
- Gently remove from molds and enjoy!
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
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