Ruby Red Spiced Cider

Guests will be all smiles as they toast their glasses filled with festive and refreshing Ruby Red Spiced Cider. Add seltzer or sparkling water for a bit of fizz to this holiday sipper.

Yield:

Serves 10

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook or chill: 2 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 137
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 33 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 8 mg

Ingredients

6 Red Zinger tea bags
4 cinnamon sticks
20 whole cloves
4 allspice berries, crushed
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
8 cups apple cider
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup rum, optional

Preparation

1. Put tea bags, cinnamon, cloves, allspice berries, ginger and brown sugar in a large heatproof container. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over tea and spices. Stir well. Let steep until liquid has cooled to room temperature, 2 hours. Strain into a pitcher; add cider and juice. Discard tea bags and spices.

2. If serving cold, place covered pitcher in refrigerator, chill until cold and serve over ice. If serving warm, pour into a slow cooker, cover and cook on low until warm, about 2 hours. Add rum to cooker, if desired, or add 1 Tbsp. rum each to individual glasses. Alternately, heat spiced cider in a large pot over low heat until warm and serve.

Note:

December 2012
Also featured in: Homemade for the Holidays SIP, All You, December 2013;