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How to Make Mulled Cider

Nothing takes the chill out of a brisk night like this winter favorite.


  • Step 1: Boil cider, sugar, cinnamon, cloves & allspice Pour the cider and brown sugar into a large pot. Add the cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Bring it to a boil.
  • TIP: Tying the cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in cheesecloth makes straining at the end easier.
  • Step 2: Simmer on low heat Once the mixture is boiling and the brown sugar has fully dissolved, lower the heat to a simmer.
  • TIP: For extra zip, add the zest of one lemon.
  • Step 3: Simmer for 30 minutes Allow the cider to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 4: Strain into mugs & add alcohol When the cider is ready, turn off the heat and strain the mixture into four mugs. For an added kick, add a dash of rum, whiskey, or brandy--that'll really warm you up.
  • FACT: Research shows that cloudy apple cider has much more antioxidants than the clear kind.

You Will Need

  • A large pot
  • A qt. of fresh apple cider
  • A cinnamon stick
  • 2 brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice
  • A strainer
  • And 4 mugs or cups
  • A piece of cheesecloth
  • Some string
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 rum
  • whiskey
  • or brandy

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