Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
From Cooking Light. A yummy more healthy treat for those cool Fall days and Halloween.
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 6 whole cloves
- 5 star anise
- 3 pieces lemon rind (2-inch long strips)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean
- 2 cups pomegranate juice or 2 cups cranberry juice
- Combine first five ingredients in a large stockpot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add the vanilla bean; cover and simmer 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat; let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Discard solids. Stir in pomegranate juice. Reheat over medium heat until warm.
DD loved this but to me the star anise flavour was too strong and I don't think I liked the vanilla in this either. I used organic vanilla flavour without alcohol instead of the bean and Pom pomegranate juice. I think it would have been better with real unsweetend cranberry juice. I won't make this again. Made for Comfort Cafe - Snow Queens Round 01/10.
Delicious! I accidentally added the pomegranate juice in with everything else in the beginning but it didn't seem to hurt it. Rather than boiling it first, I just simmered it uncovered for about an hour to make the aroma permeate the house. I used a splash of vanilla extract since I had no vanilla bean and I put a handful of cranberries in towards the end. I only made a small batch (1/3 the recipe) which my little girls drank most of, so when I was down to the last cup, I added a cup of merlot to it, microwaved it, and voila, mulled wine for one!