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Mulled Pomegranate Cider

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Yield Makes 3 1/4 quarts
The sweetness of a beverage is less pronounced at lower temperatures. If you're serving this cider over ice, use 2 cups of sugar; if serving it hot, use 1 1/2 cups sugar.

Ingredients

  • 5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, halved
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 (16-ounce) bottles pomegranate juice*
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup orange juice

How to Make It

  1. Place cinnamon sticks and cloves in center of an 8-inch square of cheesecloth; tie with string.

  2. Bring spice bag, sugar, and next 3 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

  3. Remove and discard spice bag; stir in 1 cup orange juice. Serve cider hot or cold.

  4. *1 (32-ounce) bottle cranberry juice cocktail may be substituted.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, which can be found in the refrigerated produce section of large supermarkets.