Mulled Apple Cider

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Serves 8 to 10.
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During apple season, enjoy a cup of Mulled Apple Cider. “Mulled” simply means that the cider is heated with spices. It’s similar to steeping tea. Plus, it fills the house with a delicious fragrance. This is the ultimate autumn treat!

If possible, use unpasteurized apple cider for the best taste. For an extra special treat, hand-press your own cider! Adults may add bourbon or rum if desired. Just pour a tablespoon into an empty mug and pour the mulled cider on top. 


1 gallon apple cider
8 to 10 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
1 lemon or orange, sliced crosswise
2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin slices (optional)
Star anise and other spices (optional)
  1. In a large stainless steel or enameled pot, combine all ingredients. Slowly bring just to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a heat-proof pitcher or serving bowl and serve warm. Note: You can also use a spice bag and remove it when done simmering.


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