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Mulled Apple Cider

This Mulled Apple Cider has an instantly heartwarming combination of cinnamon, ginger, clove, black pepper, and orange. Great on its own, it makes a perfect wintertime cocktail, as well.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Drink
Servings: 4
Author: Thomas

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 2 small oranges peeled and sliced but including the peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 4 slices ginger each slice the size of a large coin
  • 1 green cardamom pod optional
  • 4 black peppercorns whole
  • Sugar to taste
  • Bourbon rum, or other spirit to spike, (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the sugar and alcohol, as applicable, in a pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce to low heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes. If the cider is boiling at any point, reduce the heat to keep it at a simmer.
  • Before serving, remove the solid ingredients from the cider. Add sugar to taste. You can either add the alcohol to the entire pot, or to each serving glass individually.
  • Serve hot.

Notes

The orange peel can add a substantial amount of bitterness. Taste the cider as you simmer it, taking note of the bitterness level. You may want to remove the orange peel before the simmering time is finished.