Pumpkin aside, fall for me spells the start of apple cider season. Hot or cool, whipped-creamy or mulled, caramel-induced or rum spiked, this comforting beverage tastes of autumn—especially when infused with cinnamon and nutmeg spice.

However, you can have your apple cider in more ways than just a toasty, tall mug. Take a sip out of these eight apple cider delights…

1. Chai-Spiced Cider

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a warm blanket, a book, and a cat (or another furry friend) alongside a warm, coffeehouse-inspired mug of apple cider. This non-caffeinated brew mingles with flavors of chai tea, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, anise, and cardamom for a nose-, finger-, and toe-warming sip that’s ideal for late afternoon or evening.

Source: iVillage.ca

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2. Mulled Cider

Looking for the ideal autumn punch for a fall party or pot luck? This alcoholic mulled cider will make you see colors of gold, yellow, orange, and vibrant red—in your glass! It’s a dry red wine base with adequate sweetness (from maple syrup and apple cider), tartness (from tangerine and apple slices), and spice (from whole black peppercorns).

Source: Martha Stewart

3. Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider Recipe

Some things are worth the wait—especially this slow cooker caramel apple cider. Brewed with sweet, sticky caramel syrup and vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks and allspice for a warm-you-up mug that will chase away the shivers of mid-autumn. Serve in hearty mugs with whipped cream, drizzled caramel topping and of course, more cinnamon!

Source: Taste of Home

4. Hot Cider Nog

Not quite the nog for Kris Kringle, but a perfect creamy brew for the first sign of Jack Frost—this hot apple cider nog is a mixture of milk, apple cider, spicy bourbon, and egg whisked to velvety smoothness.  Heat in a saucepan and top with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hearty dollop of whipped topping.

Source: Southern Living

5. Apple Cider Float

If fall is nipping at your nose, put the perfect fall-inspired treat under your nose and fill your senses with the fragrant spice of apple cider!  Although this cider is served cool it still oozes a fall combination of crisp apple cider, ice cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon spice.

Source: What’s Cooking Love

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6. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Thanksgiving brings to mind everything I’m grateful for, and I can certainly tell you that I’m thankful for this truly tart sangria recipe! This autumn inspired pitcher is a blend of sophisticated cognac, sparkling wine, apple cider, apple slices, and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds for color and added tartness. For a non-alcoholic version use bubby water and virgin apple cider.

Source: The Kitchn

7. Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned

If you have tunnel vision for all things apple come fall, your night cap may suddenly take on shades of juicy, red Macintosh or Northern Spy. You can serve this one cool in a rocks glass or serve it steamy hot in a tall mug—muddle together canton, bitters, brown sugar, add apple cider and rum, or try it long with  fizzy club soda.

Source: Dine x Design

8. Caramel Macchiato Cider with Cinnamon Cream

I just found out (thanks to Google) that the word “Macchiato” translates to “marked” from the original Italian to English. But after setting my sights on this delicious vision dripping with caramel, I believe this warm beverage was marked by angels with cinnamon-scented wings, singing songs wrapped in creamy caramel ribbons.

Source: Just a Pinch

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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