Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
22 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

If you don't have cheesecloth, remove tea leaves from an ordinary tea bag, fill the empty bag with cloves and ginger, and tie it securely with the tea bag string: let the cinnamon sticks float separately while simmering. Serve in decorative punch bowl alongside a small pitcher of rum marked with a label or card. You may want to have an extra sachet and more of the cider mixture handy in case you have thirsty guests.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 3 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.

Step 2

Combine cheesecloth bag, cider, and next 5 ingredients (cider through salt) in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard cheesecloth bag. Serve with rum, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

barbthebaker09's Review

December 02, 2013

carriewelch's Review

November 22, 2010
This is so good. I have made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year since 2000. It reheats great and I keep it in my crock pot all day so it is always ready.

tkirkland's Review

December 09, 2009
This makes a large, delicious pot of cider. However, I'd recommend buying cheesecloth instead of trying to use a tea bag. My tea bag broke midway through simmering and I had to strain the cider into a few different pots (since it makes such a large quantity). Regardless of the trouble, though, the end result was worth it. Especially with rum added, it makes a hot and cheery winter drink.

Lisa77's Review

January 01, 2009
Outstanding with or without the alcohol. Need a large pot, and makes a ton but that's great b/c it's a hit! Perfect for large crowds or even to reheat by the cupful all week long--keeps well.