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mom's mulled cider

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Tam D
The Dalles, OR

I fiddled with recipes for several years before finally settling on this combination, and it's been a well-guarded secret. My whole family loves it, and friends often request it. We've even used it for fundraisers. Hot spiced cider is a family tradition -- we just couldn't have Fall and Winter without it. In fact, I have a party-size coffee maker designated just for cider, because my family consumes it by the gallon :) It's warm and fragrant and delicious. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For mom's mulled cider

  • 1 c
    brown sugar
  • 2 tsp
    whole allspice
  • 2 tsp
    whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2 stick
  • 2 tsp
    orange peel or zest
  • 1 gal
    apple cider -- not juice

How To Make mom's mulled cider

  • 1
    Pour cider into pot. I use a party-sized coffee maker, but you could use a large dutch oven or stock pot.
  • 2
    Mix the remaining ingredients together and place them in the basket of the coffee maker. If you're using a pot on the stove, you can stir in the sugar, then tie up the spices in a piece of cheesecloth. Or just let them float, and strain as you serve.
  • 3
    Plug it in, and let it perk until it's done. The perking time varies from about 20-45 minutes, depending on the pot. Or heat to almost boiling, then reduce heat to simmer 30-60 min. Then reduce heat just to keep warm. It's ready to enjoy. The flavors get richer and deeper as it stays warm in the pot.
  • 4
    NOTES: You can use either light or dark brown sugar, as you like -- the results are surprisingly different. Try it both ways! The recipe is easy to halve or multiply, to fit your needs. I make several spice recipes at once and just measure the ingredients right into zip-top sandwich bags. Then I just pop them into the deep freeze for quick prep later during the busy holiday season. The mix also makes wonderful home-made gifts -- for a teacher or colleague, for example -- in a decorative cello bag with a festive ribbon!