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Category: Drinks

Hot mulled cider

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Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 8 to 10
Note: Adapted from "Cider Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions & Making Your Own" by Ben Watson.
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 4 to 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 whole nutmeg, cracked open
  • 10 to 12 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice berries (optional)
  • 4 to 6 star anise pods (optional)
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon or 1/2 orange, thinly cut into lengthwise strips
  • Orange slices for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups rum or brandy (optional)

Step 1In a large, nonreactive pot, place the cider, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, star anise and zest. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer gently, still covered, for 15 minutes.

Step 2Line a colander with cheesecloth and strain the cider into another pot, discarding the spices. Heat the cider over very low heat, add the orange slices and serve hot. This makes about 8 cups cider.

Step 3Variation: For alcoholic cider, stir the rum or brandy into the strained cider and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the orange slices and serve hot.

Each of 10 servings:
93 calories; 0 protein; 23 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 6 mg. sodium.
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