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Ruby Red Spiced Cider

Prep time 10 mins
Cook or chill time 2 hrs
Yield Serves 10
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.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.

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