Non-Alcoholic Mulled Cider

Get all the warmth and nostalgia of traditional mulled wine, plus an apple-centric twist with this holiday mocktail. If your guests are all of drinking age, you can make this mulled cider alcoholic by using a strong English cider (10-12% alcohol content) and adding 2 shots of rum or brandy.

TOTAL TIME:15 min

SERVINGS:8

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Celestial Seasonings™ Cinnamon Apple Spice tea bags
  • 2 cups low-alcohol apple cider or apple juice
  • 3 satsuma or clementine oranges, juiced and peels reserved
  • 1 navel orange, juiced and peel reserved
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • ½ vanilla pod
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar, plus more to taste

Directions

  1. Brew 2 cups of cinnamon-apple tea. Add the tea and cider or apple juice to a saucepan, then add the satsuma and orange juices.

  2. Peel the zests from the citrus peels in wide strips using a paring knife. Add the zest to the saucepan.

  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom, vanilla pod, star anise, apple and 1 tablespoon of sugar to the saucepan. Add more sugar to taste, if desired.

  4. Heat the cider on the stove until it starts to simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Serve the cider hot, ladled into mugs and garnished with a cinnamon stick.