September 30, 2012

National Mulled Cider Day

"Apples? New Hampshire has them, but unsprayed, With no suspicion in stem end or blossom end Of vitriol or arsenate of lead, And so not good for anything but cider." - Robert Frost

It's National Mulled Cider Day!

This weekend I had the joy of checking out the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster, Mass. where Jonathan Chapman (Mr. "Appleseed" himself) was born on September 26th, 1774. The idea of a man with wanderlust, scattering apple seeds wherever he went isn't really the whole story. Really, he was a nurseryman - during the pioneer days, law required that newly-established homesteads required settlers to plant fifty apple trees their first year. Johnny Appleseed used his land to plant apple seeds, transplant seedlings, and gave away those trees to the settlers. Beyond that, he was an incredible man of faith!

It's only fitting that I enjoy National Mulled Cider Day with locally, handcrafted cider and cinnamon sticks from Bolton Orchards (located near Leominster). Mulled cider is a cousin of wassail (which loosely translates to "good health"). Mulled cider is traditionally made with apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange slices and/or peels.

Photo credit: my dear, wonderful friend Nick Sima

Happy National Mulled Cider Day!