Fall is Time for Cider

Even if the Florida temperatures aren’t cooperating, FALL HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED! As a matter of fact, it is already National Hot Mulled Cider Day!

For those of you who don’t know about hot mulled cider, it has been enjoyed for centuries longer than our frappuccinos of today. So, in case you aren’t partial to pumpkin spice, why not give historical cider a try?

Cider’s storied history stretches back quite a ways. Not only has it been enjoyed as a fall and winter drink for years throughout the United States, it also harkens back to European festive traditions and was known as “wassail” (meaning “be you healthy” in Old Norse and Old English).

So, to begin our festive “fall” season here in the Sunshine State, we wanted to share a recipe with you so that you can enjoy this historical autumn beverage at home with family and friends. Wassail!



(Adapted from AllRecipes.com)

Gather together the following supplies:

  • 6 Cups Unfiltered Apple Juice (or juice your own – your choice!)
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground/Whole Cloves
  • 8 Whole Allspice Berries
  • 1/2 Cup Maple syrup.

To get started, slice the peels off of the orange and lemon (as thin as you can to avoid the harder white portion of the peel).

Toss those peels into a medium saucepan with the cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, and cloves.

Then add in the maple syrup. Yum!

Next, add in the apple juice and stir.

(Since mull means to flavor a beverage by heating it and adding spices, you may have guessed that your mulled apple cider would end up being heated on your stove top.)

Bring your cider ingredients to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low and let everything simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Finally, turn off the heat and ladle out enough for everyone.

Enjoy your delicious cup of history!

*Let us know if you made this recipe by posting a picture to your choice of social media and tagging the museum (#safetyharbormuseumandculturalcenter)!

Creative Conversations

If you are interested in learning more about Safety Harbor’s history, feel free to join us for our new series of Creative Conversations! This month, we have two talks to coincide with our temporary exhibit on Cuban influence in Tampa Bay.

Join us on September 28th between 6:00 and 7:30 PM for talks from our exhibiting artist, Ben Cardoso, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. The talks are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Ben Cardoso – Nostaligic Cuba

Join us to hear Mr. Cardoso recount his story of growing up in Cuba and the connection he finds to his Cuban heritage through artwork.


FPAN – Cuban Fishing Ranchos in Tampa Bay

Join us as FPAN discusses some of the earliest historic settlements along the Gulf Coast, and how important these early Spanish/Cuban fishing camps were to the development of the Tampa Bay we know today.

New Hours

Hello Safety Harbor! A lot of changes have been happening at the Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center. Not only did we go through some big renovations over the last few years, but we also have new open hours!

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 11:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am-4:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am-4:00pm

Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED

We would love to have to stop in and see our fantastic exhibits and rotating art shows!

Interested in hosting an event at the museum’s beautiful facility? Give us a call!