Mulled Cider

Bruce made this for Thanksgiving 1988 when our group home in Alexandria spent the holiday moping in D.C. (unable to travel to our families and homes).

It was good and has been popular at many winter gatherings since then, including family gatherings where the pickiest, finickiest eaters alive gather.


  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 2 parts clear apple cider
  • spiced rum, optional

Spices: Multiply this for each 1/2 gallon mixed

  • 4 balls of allspice
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 orange with peel and seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Combine ingredients (except orange) in a large stew pot with a lid, and simmer it for 3 hours prior to the party. Let orange float in it just before guests arrive, but leave the heat on. After about an hour, you had better pull out the orange or it'll turn an unappealing brown color.

– Bruce G.