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Witches Brew - Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider

This warm cider is perfect for a cold evening, especially when the moon is full and the Halloween festivities are in full swing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Holiday, Plant-Based
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 259kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 quart apple cider freshly squeezed apple juice may be used (4 cups) or unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 quart fruit juice sweetened or naturally sweetened -no refined cane sugar (4 cups) or cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or coconut palm sugar or sucanat
  • 4 allspice berries or 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 whole cloves or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 star anise pods
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lemon zested, white pith removed - see instructions
  • 1 orange zested, white pith removed - see instructions
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum or dark rum or brandy - optional


  • Remove the peels from the citrus with a vegetable peeler a strip at a time, remove any of the bitter white pith by scraping off with the side of a knife.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a large pot, and simmer over low heat, covered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and pour through a strainer into a large bowl or glass pitcher. Add rum or brandy if using. Serve immediately or reheat to serve, or cool and chill in the refrigerator and serve cold. Each glass can be garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slices if desired.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12