Oh the weather outside is frightening…already! But we’ve got an idea for staying cozy. Keeping a simmering pot of mulled apple cider chases away the chill. Great for entertaining or just a relaxing night at home, mulled cider is easy to make. The recipe below is very flexible; choose the amounts and additions that most appeal to you.


apples for cider


Find local cider or unfiltered apple juice at a natural foods store or farmers’ market. Or, if you’ve got a juicer, find some local apples and make your own juice as a delicious substitute for the cider.


cider, cooking


Mulled Apple Cider


For every quart of cider, add:

1-2 cinnamon sticks

2-4 whole cloves

2-4 allspice berries

1 head star anise

A strip or two of orange peel


For variation, try any of these additions:

1/8 tsp. black peppercorns

1-inch cube, thinly sliced ginger

Pinch of grated nutmeg

Lemon peel to taste

Maple syrup to taste


Bring almost to a boil in a heavy pot, then simmer on lowest setting for 30 min. Enjoy!


finished cider