Grab a mug and get all the flavors of fall—apple, maple and spices—in this warm mulled cider cocktail. And this version, with a hint of ginger liqueur for extra spice, is just as enjoyable whether you're sipping it around a bonfire or on your couch with a cozy blanket. It's like a New England autumn evening in drinkable form. If you'd like to make this alcohol-free for a family gathering and spike each glass individually, add 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) bourbon and 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) ginger liqueur to each cup of mulled cider.

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Casey Barber
EatingWell.com, October 2020

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Recipe Summary

active:
5 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
16
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Stir cider and maple syrup together in a large heavy pot. Add cinnamon, allspice and star anise. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, then reduce the heat to low and continue to gently simmer for 30 minutes. (Alternatively, combine ingredients in a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker; cook on Low for 2 hours.)

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  • Stir in bourbon and ginger liqueur. Ladle the cocktail into heatproof glasses to serve. Garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Tips

To make ahead: Prepare mulled cider (Step 1) and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat before adding the liquor and serving. To keep the cocktail warm for an extended period of time without overheating it, use the Keep Warm function on the slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; sodium 2mg; carbohydrates 44g; sugars 42g.
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