This Hot Spiked Apple Cider is perfect for those chilly fall get-togethers of more than 8 people sitting by a fire. It's easy to make in large batches and keep hot. Plus, it will warm your guests from the inside out!
Slice 1 apple and 1 orange and add to large pot or dutch oven along with spices.
Top with apple cider and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 hours on low heat uncovered.
Strain and add back to pot, crock pot or heat-proof punch bowl.
Add rum and garnish with apple, orange slices, star anise and cinnamon sticks.
Serve hot or chill and serve cold.
Yield* This recipe makes about 14 (8 oz.) cups of cider.Make Your Cider In Advance!Like chili, mulled apple cider is best after it sits overnight or even a few days in the fridge.The flavors get a chance to get to know each other giving the cider a deeper, warmer flavor.To do this, allow your cider to cool before placing it in the fridge covered. You can add the entire pot to your fridge if it's large enough or transfer it to a gallon-sized pitcher.*See blog post above for best rum/alcohol recommendations.