TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 13 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 quarts apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups brandy, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (27g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein

Directions

  1. Place the cinnamon stick, cloves, allspice and bay leaf on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with kitchen string to form a bag.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the apple cider, juices, orange peel, brown sugar, salt and spice bag. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture for 30 minutes to blend flavors. Discard spice bag. Strain cider mixture and stir in brandy if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 13 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Mulled Cider in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p52

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