A holiday celebration without hot mulled drinks is just incomplete to me. The fragrance is almost irresistible and just seems to make the holidays even more special. I like this version with a splash of spiced rum, but you can leave out the alcohol and still have a tasty mug of holiday cheer.
[Updated December 2010.]
HOT CRANBERRY APPLE CIDER
Makes about 3-1/2 quarts.
6 quart pot
2 quarts (1.89 liters) apple cider
1-1/2 quarts (1.42 liters) cranberry juice (not cocktail, no sugar added)
1/4 cup (28 g) packed brown sugar
4 sticks cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 orange, thinly sliced
spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps
1. Combine all the ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes.
2. Strain the fruit slices and spices. Garnish with two or three fresh slices of orange.
3. Pour into stemmed mugs and add a shot of spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps. Serve hot.
[An original post from Andrea Meyers: making life delicious. All images and text copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.]
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