Recipe Idea: Mulled Apple Cider

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It’s not the holidays without a warm cozy drink!  One of my favorite drinks to curl up with is a nice, spicy apple cider.  We often get them at the Vancouver Christmas Market, but they are pretty easy to make at home.  This apple cider recipe uses unsweetened fruit juices with no added sugar.

mulled apple cider

Photo Credit: a song under the sugar sugar via Flickr

Mulled Apple Cider

  • 4 cups (1 liter) unsweetened cranberry juice blend or cranberry cocktail ($1.50)
  • 4 cups (1 liter) unsweetened pure apple juice ($1.50)
  • 1 orange peel (… free?)
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced ($0.10)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks ($0.10)
  • 4 whole allspice berries ($0.05)
  • 4 whole cloves ($0.05)

Add all of the ingredients into a large pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for approximately one hour.  Strain, and enjoy while warm!

You can also garnish the drinks with an orange wedge or cinnamon stick before serving.

Servings: 8

Cost per serving: $0.40

Feeling adventurous?: Add a splash of rum before serving to make this a slightly more “adult” drink.

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