Especially when Winter has moved in, this is a warming and comforting drink. It makes a good amount - perfect for a family after spending a day out in the snow.

You will need:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. whole allspice berries
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves (about 7-10)
1/4 tsp. salt
dash of nutmeg (preferably fresh grated)
2 quarts apple cider (2.2 L)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain to remove the spices and serve. Those of age may wish to add a shot of spiced or dark rum to their cider.

It is also possible to make mulled cider in a large crock pot. Here is a variation suitable for long slow simmering.

You will need:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp. cloves
2 sticks cinnamon
1 orange, sliced (with peel)

Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 2-8 hours, until desired flavor is reached. Serve with ladle.

To make the spices easier to remove before serving, tie them into a piece of cheesecloth and remove the cheesecloth pouch before serving. It's easier than having to strain 2L of cider!
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