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Merry Mulled Cider

When our children were younger, I always made warm cider for Christmas Eve. This herbal version was a favorite. The kids are grown, but my husband and I still enjoy a mug or two during the cold winter months. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 7 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2/3 cup orange juice


  • In a Dutch oven, bring the apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and rosemary to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  • Discard cinnamon and rosemary; stir in orange juice. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 142 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • bereitbach
    Dec 11, 2011

    I really liked this although I made some changes. I wanted to make a larger amount so I used 12 cups cider, 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice. 3 1/2 tablespoons honey (in place of sugar) and 3 cinnamon sticks. I didn't have fresh rosemary so I used dried. Since I don't care quite as much for orange juice, I kept this at 2/3 cup. It was delicious! Exactly what I was hoping for when I started looking for a hot cider recipe.

  • mb21671
    Dec 27, 2010

    Excellent - we made this for Christmas with 12 guests and everyone raved about it! This is a keeper and we'll make it often.

  • lsal86
    Dec 9, 2010

    This was my very first time trying mulled cider. It was good but I think next time Ill add just a little less orange juice. I would like a more cinnamonny-apple taste