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Spiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider

Yield 16 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Keep this crimson-hued beverage warm in a slow cooker on the kitchen counter, and set out a stack of paper cups and a ladle for guests to help themselves. Substitute cranberry juice for pomegranate juice, if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 5 star anise
  • 3 (2-inch-long) strips lemon rind
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 158
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 1.1 g
  • carbohydrate 39.4 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 4 mg
  • calcium 5 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large stockpot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add the vanilla bean; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Discard solids. Stir in pomegranate juice. Reheat over medium heat until warm.

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