Spiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider

Spiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider

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.

  • Yield: 16 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)


  • 1 none gallon apple cider
  • 6 none whole cloves
  • 5 none star anise
  • 3 none (2-inch-long) strips lemon rind
  • 2 none cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 none vanilla bean
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 158none
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 1.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 39.4g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Calcium: 5mg

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Spiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider Recipe