Mulled Apple Cider

Mulled Apple Cider
This mulled cider is sweet, tart, and infused with warm spices. (Jennifer McGruther)
Sweet, tart, and infused with warming spices, this mulled apple cider recipe is a cinch to make.
Serves 8
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 medium Ceylon cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 medium orange (sliced thin)
Pour the cider into a medium Dutch oven, then drop in the cinnamon stick, allspice, cloves, star anise, and cardamom. Turn the heat to medium-high, and when the pot begins to steam (but not quite boil), turn the heat down to low. Drop in the orange slices and simmer over low heat for at least 1 hour. Strain into mugs through a fine-mesh sieve.
Jennifer McGruther, NTP, is a nutritional therapy practitioner, herbalist, and the author of three cookbooks, including “Vibrant Botanicals.” She’s also the creator of, a website that celebrates traditional foodways, herbal remedies, and fermentation. She teaches workshops on natural foods and herbalism, and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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