Mulled Cider Recipe

This is the perfect mulled cider recipe, and I don’t say that lightly…I’m actually not a big fan of spiced apple cider usually.  But this recipe has a tartness that strikes a perfect balance with the sweet and spicy.  My sister brought a steamy pot of this to Thanksgiving last year, and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since cool weather hit.  So, here it is…a warm and puckery toast to a lovely fall.

You’ll need:
Apple juice or cider, cranberry juice, allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and a bag of fresh or frozen cranberries.

First, combine equal amounts of cranberry and apple juice.  (I like the 100% juice instead of the cocktail blends.)
Two 64 oz. bottles filled my 5 quart saucepan up to the top.

Next, drop in your cinnamon sticks.

You may add the cloves and allspice directly to the juice (as I’m doing here) and whisk in, but we decided that we liked it better the second time I made it, when I tied the ground spices in a coffee filter, and dropped that in while it simmered.  Less sludgy at the bottom of the glass. :-)  I used 1 t. allspice, and 1/8 of a teaspoon of cloves (really, just a pinch).

Finally, dump in your fresh cranberries.  This not only adds to the presentation, but it also adds more flavor, I think.

I’ll be buying up extra bags of fresh cranberries and tossing them in the freezer, since they’re only ‘in season’ for such a short while.  I love cranberry orange muffins and this cider made with fresh berries!

Let your cider simmer for 10 minutes or longer…just to let the spices blend in and lend their flavors to the juice.  When it’s cooled down just a bit, pour yourself a mug full.  Then, find a porch somewhere, and sit and enjoy the general splendor of the fall season!

P.S. I stored the rest of the cider in the fridge in a pitcher.  I have an old glass Pyrex coffee percolator carafe that’s stove top friendly, so I use that to warm it up for breakfasts.
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This is my very favorite spiced cider recipe ever…it’s the perfect blend of sweet, tart, and spicy warm. It’s perfect for holiday get-togethers, or enjoying the quiet beauty of the season from your front porch.
Recipe type: Drinks
  • 1 64 oz. bottle of 100% apple juice (or apple cider, your pick)
  • 1 64 oz. bottle of 100% cranberry juice
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 t. allspice
  • ⅛th t. cloves (a pinch)
  1. Tie ground allspice and cloves into a coffee filter and drop into a large pot. This recipe fills my 3 quart pot!
  2. Drop in cinnamon sticks and pour in cranberries.
  3. Warm over medium heat, and allow to simmer until flavors blend.
  4. Allow to cool to a safe temperature, and serve.
Leftovers may be stored in the fridge in original bottles, or pitcher. I love to fill up my Pyrex percolator carafe, as I can pop it directly on the stovetop to warm up cider for breakfast.

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