Mulled Apple Cider for the Holidays

I make this stuff every year for Thanksgiving. Sometimes for Christmas. And sometimes just because. I learned how to do this at a cooking class I took years ago. Since then I’ve tweaked it and added or removed things, and I think it’s just right now. I typically start this in the morning before guests arrive. Not only will they love the taste, but I promise someone will comment about how delicious your house smells!

I’ve made it several times recently when I’ve had guests and everyone asks for the recipe. So here is how I make it. Like most things, tweak to your preferences. And if you’re missing a spice or two, don’t be discouraged. It’s just as delicious with less spice.

You will need:

1 quart apple cider or apple juice

1 quart of water

3 apples, cut into quarters

1 orange, cut into quarters

3 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

2 tsp whole cloves

2 tsp allspice berries

1 cardamom pod

In a large stockpot, combine all ingredients.  Turn heat to high, let come to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.  Let simmer on the stove, covered, several hours before you wish to serve.  When ready to serve, remove lid but do not turn off heat.  Using a fine mesh sieve and a ladle, pour into glasses.  Add a splash or two of brandy, if you’re so inclined.  Enjoy!

I serve this in pretty little glasses with a cinnamon stick in each one. This recipe makes about 6 servings, depending on the size of your glasses. For a larger crowd, double the recipe.

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  1. Renee

    This sounds wonderful and I’m going to make it! I miss you and California but am so thankful that we can still stay in touch. Blessings to you and your family, Renee

    1. Sarah

      Ditto. We will visit and catch up soon! I can’t wait to see your new place and the surrounding area.
      Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you and Marty!

  2. Terri

    This sounds warm and cozy and delicious and who doesn’t like their house to smell the same? Can’t wait to try this. Thank you Sarah!

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