You can smell great mulled cider long before you taste it. Having a pot of apple cider on fills the air with spicy aroma of allspice, cinnamon, and cloves that makes it easy to understand why the spice traders traveled half way across the globe.
This mulled apple cider recipe is simple to make, worth drinking all winter long, and is an easy treat to put out at parties during the holidays.
1/2 gallon apple cider
2 sticks cinnamon
2 cardamom pods
1/2 star anise
2 pieces orange peel
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Assemble the spices, slightly crushing the cardamom pods to open them up a little, along with the orange peel and place them in a tea strainer or tie them up in cheese cloth.
Pour the cider into a large crock pot, add your container with spices, and turn the heat up to high for an hour.
After you've steeped the spices in the cider for an hour turn the heat down to low. Serve the mulled cider warm in mugs.
You can heat the cider in a crockpot or on the stove. We prefer a crockpot because it can hang out with the rest of the drinks. If you heat the cider on the stove, heat it using a good simmer.
This recipe would also work fine with a gallon of cider, it just would take a little longer for the flavors to come together.