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Orange Cranberry Mulled Cider

November 26, 2012
Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider

Where do the days go?

I hate when I can’t answer that. When my recollection of life seems only to be  flashes of hallucinative images in my mind. I loathe when I see piles on my desk of mundane papers with deadlines that beckon my attention, yet steal my time. Clearly, I can see the days and years slipping by. I dress my children in yesterday’s clothes, which no longer fit. The branches have gone from golden, to bare, and soon to be covered in winter’s snow in a matter of blinks. Grey hairs are beginning to populate. Smile wrinkles beginning to shine. A daughter’s talk of college and moving out to make her own way.

I frazzle to document the moments of today so that I can remember them tomorrow. Sometimes I drink coffee at night to seep more hours out of a day.

It is indubitably understood that I cannot halt this rapid momentum that pushes me through life, but I can pause to embrace it with a warm Autumn drink. I can contently sip my cider and temporarily pretend those piles and lists simply do not exist, and instead intentionally turn my gaze to the hearts and eyes of my most beloved. This small, simple reprieve is sometimes all I need to feel grounded again and regain perspective.

All of that in a cup of cider. I know, it’s a lot.

I like cider well enough, but this cider. Well, this cider is incredibly preferred over the plane jane cider I normally find extraordinarily satisfying on a brisk fall day. It’s not quite so overbearing. It is more subtle and smooth with the tart cranberry and the sweet orange, yet still holds the earthy warmth that a typical mulled cider should have.

Plus, it is so darn pretty with that crimson hue and floating citrusy orange slice!

Cranberry Orange Mulled Cider

No need to make this complicated. Just put it all in a pot, let it simmer for 10 minutes and serve. Really. That’s it.

Apple Cider

A little reprieve in a mug with a cinnamon stick. Ha, if only more things in life could be this straightforward.



Orange Cranberry Mulled Cider

Serves: 8
Try to find juices that are natural without added sweeteners or preservatives and avoid juice that is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. The star anise I nominated as optional; although it adds great depths to the flavor palate, it is sometimes difficult to find and not everyone likes anise flavoring. If the end result is too tart for your liking, you can add raw sugar or brown sugar one tablespoon at a time to desired sweetness.
  • 1 gallon / 1.89 liters natural apple juice or cider
  • 4 cups natural cranberry juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise (optional)
  • 2 oranges, ends removed and sliced
  1. In a large pot on medium high heat, stir together juice or cider, cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and the slices of 1 orange. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low if serving later. Serve in glasses and garnish with remaining orange slices and cinnamon sticks (optional).




One Comment
  1. I can hardly wait to try this! Looks like the perfect recipe to go with Christmas Eve treats!

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