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GZ's Mulled Cider

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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6 cups apple cider

1 cup fresh cranberries 

1 cup sliced ginger

1 small pinch red chile flakes

3 star anise

2 cloves 

2 allspice berries 

1 orange, sliced 

6 cinnamon sticks

Dark rum, for serving, optional


  1. Combine the apple cider, cranberries, ginger, red chile flakes, star anise, cloves, allspice, orange slices and 2 of the cinnamon sticks in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the cider to sit for 5 minutes. Strain the cider to remove the spices.
  2. If desired, put 1 ounce dark rum in each of 4 large mugs. Divide the cider among the mugs and garnish with the remaining cinnamon sticks.