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Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

In this Hot Spiced Apple Cider, fresh pressed apple cider and tart pomegranate juice are paired with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a cozy beverage perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season.

Two glasses of hot spiced apple cider

Creating This Hot Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

The week before Thanksgiving I was cruising the produce isle of my grocery store and saw a gallon of freshly pressed apple cider. I tossed that into my cart with plans to make something warm to drink.

See, I’ve decided that I don’t post nearly enough drink recipes. Why is that? Probably because I don’t make a lot of drinks. But when I do make them, I always enjoy them.

Sure we have a couple favorites around here, like Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate from last winter. Or Pineapple Limeade Cooler and Cherry Limeade Slushies from this summer. But I really don’t experiment with drinks all that much. And perhaps that is a little odd for someone who writes a food blog.

This Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider really fit the bill. Eric was out of town the week before Thanksgiving.

My quiet evenings alone (after the kids went to bed, because we all know it’s not usually quiet when kids are around) were spent watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer while sipping hot spiced apple cider.

Now that it is feeling a bit more like winter around here, I am craving warm things to drink. Instead of jumping to our old standby of hot chocolate, I’ve decided that I’m going to start giving some new drinks a try.

Ingredients in Hot Spiced Apple Cider

The apple cider I bought at the store was fresh pressed and contained no sweeteners or spices. As such, I had to make my own mulling spices.

For the apple cider mulling spices in this recipe, I used:

  • Whole cloves
  • Whole allspice berries
  • Cinnamon sticks

And for the rest of the recipe, you’ll need:

  • Pomegranate juice
  • Fresh pressed apple cider
  • Brown sugar
  • Orange
  • Pure orange essential oil

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Spiced Apple Cider

Making hot mulled apple cider is so easy, and the stove does most of the work for you. Here’s an overview of how this hot apple cider drink comes together.

  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, apple cider, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Add the orange slices. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Place a slice of orange in each glass before serving. Serve hot.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Can the Pomegranate Juice Be Omitted?

If you’d rather make classic hot spiced apple cider, I’m sure you could substitute the pomegranate juice for additional fresh pressed apple cider.

Note that you may not need the brown sugar called for in the recipe if using just apple cider.

How to Keep Apple Cider Warm

If you’re serving hot mulled apple cider to a crowd, I recommend heating it in a Crockpot on low and serving it that way. This way, the cider stays warm all night long.

Tips for Making Spiced Apple Cider

  • Note that this recipe calls for fresh pressed apple cider. It doesn’t contain any sugar or spices, it’s just fresh pressed apples.
  • Do not add whole spices to glasses or mugs when serving.
  • Leftover cider keeps in the fridge for about a week and the flavors develop further over time.

More Easy Winter Drinks:

This Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is infused with real pumpkin puree and plenty of pumpkin spice for a delectable fall drink!

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate takes traditional hot chocolate to the next level with the addition of the flavors of mocha, peppermint, and some optional Irish cream. Top it all off with Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream and Marshmallows for an unbelievable sweet treat.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, featuring real pumpkin, can be whipped up in just a few minutes for you to enjoy and warm up with this fall.

Christmas Wassail is a classic this time of year. Apple cider, orange juice, and cranberry juice are spiced with  plenty of cinnamon and cloves for a holiday treat.

Need a Christmas or Thanksgiving cocktail recipe? Try this Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail. It’s an easy bourbon cocktail that has hints of black pepper, cinnamon, and rosemary.

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Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

Yield: serves 6 - 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Fresh pressed apple cider and tart pomegranate juice pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a fall-inspired cocktail, perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Pomegranate Juice
  • 4 1/2 cups Pressed Fresh Apple Cider (no added sugar or spices)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Allspice Berries
  • 2 whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 large Orange, cut in slices
  • 1 drop pure orange essential oil, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, apple cider, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks in a small stockpot or large saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Add the orange slices. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Alternatively, keep warm in a crock-pot on low if you are entertaining for the holidays.
  4. Do not add whole spices to glasses or mugs when serving. Place a slice of orange in each glass. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 158Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 17mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 2gSugar 33gProtein 1g

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