I’m always looking for an easy and cute homemade holiday gift idea – and these Cider Reindeer are perfect! You plop them in a quart or two of apple juice or cider and the spices that make up the Reindeer, simmer to create and excellent mulled Cider! Plus – your house will smell delicious!
While you could make other designs such as a snowflake or bear -I am rather partial to the adorable Cider Reindeer! I’ve included a FREE Printable for the Cider Reindeer tags as well!
Now they just need you to make them, and they are ready for gifting!
Cider Mulling Reindeer-
(Makes 6 Reindeer)
- 3 Large Organic oranges (Since you are infusing your cider w/ these rinds quality is key)
- approx 3 cups firmly packed brown sugar Mulling Spices, store bought or homemade (Mulling Spice Recipe here)
- 6 small whole nutmegs
- 12 whole allspice
- 36 whole cloves (6 per Reindeer)
- 6 Hot Cinnamon Candies
- Black Edible gel food coloring or edible marker
Slice 3 organic oranges in half, and scoop out the flesh (as you would when sectioning a grapefruit) without breaking through the outer orange rind. Crumple up several sheets of tinfoil into small balls to fill your orange halves. Place orange halves cut side facing up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 225°F for 2 hours, until dry and hard. This step is important as you want the Mulling Reindeer to stay dry once the mulling spice goes in. Once your oranges have cooled, pack your mulling spices firmly into each orange half. Pack down.
ASSEMBLING THE REINDEER:
Firmly place a whole nutmeg in the center to make the Reindeer head. You will want to have used a food marker on it to make eyes. If you use Food safe gel dye, give it some time to dry before placing your nutmeg. Use a hot cinnamon candy for a nose, place 2 whole allspice as ears on the Reindeer head.Using 6 whole cloves on each Reindeer head, make antlers. You will want to make a Y shape.
Last, wrap your Cider Reindeer Up using cling wrap – and make it tight. Otherwise your Reindeer design will shift over time!
Add your Printed Reindeer Tag and you’re ready to gift it!
Click the Reindeer Cider Tags below to be taken to the FREE Tag Download Page! It has directions for the gift receiver on how to simmer the Mulled Cider Reindeer in either apple juice or cider! Cheers!
For other Reindeer Recipes & Crafts: