Curl up with a warm mug of this perfectly sweet and spicy mulled cranberry apple cider. One sip and you will see why this should be the official beverage of the season.
Author: Abra Pappa, MS, CNS, LDN
2cupsfresh cranberries (plus more for garnish)
1inch piecefresh ginger
Prepare orange slices by carefully studding rind with whole cloves, set aside.
In a high speed blender combine cranberries, ginger, and 1/2 cup apple cider. Blend until smooth. Reserve.
Pour remaining apple cider into a slow cooker or large stock pot. Add cranberry mixture (*optional, pour cranberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth for a smoother texture), cinnamon sticks, star anise and orange slices studded with whole clove.
Star anise is fruit from a small oriental tree, it is tough skinned and rust-colored, and it is picked before it can ripen and dried.
Simmer on low for one hour or alternatively prepare in slow cooker on low for 4 hours
Serve warm with sliced apple and cinnamon sticks.
Can be prepared on the stovetop or in a slow cooker.
Straining the cranberry mixture before adding to the cider will produce a smoother finished product
If you cook in a slow cooker cook time is around 4 hours on low, I've found that it's aromatic and ready to drink after only a few hours, but I tend to just keep it on low or warm all night long.