Spiced Mulled Cider

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Yield: 12 cups

4 cups brewed chai or black tea *
8 cups unfiltered apple juice
3/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice with pulp (approx 2 large)
10 cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
10 whole black peppercorns
6 whole cardamom pods
2 tsp orange zest
1 vanilla pod, split


Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Strain through a chinois or a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Return to a clean pot or crock pot, and warm over low-heat until service.

* I have used English Breakfast or Chai Tea, but any black tea will do. If you prefer decaffeinated, try orange or apple flavored herbal teas. When I brew, I use 4 tea bags for 4 cups of water. I steep for 5 minutes.


  • Trinity

    I just cooked this up for my birthday party and it was a huge success! So very yummy :)

    July 22, 2012
  • Thanks Molly!

    I added cranberries in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking. They made it a little less sweet and added a nice tart flavor.

    Served with bonfire :)

    December 2, 2012
    • Molly Chester

      What a great idea! Thanks Calvin!

      December 22, 2012
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