Hot Mulled Cider
2 lemon peels, in large strips
2 orange peels, in large strips
6 cinnamon sticks
1 1/4 cups honey or turbinado sugar or raw sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
2 quarts good quality apple cider
24 whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In large saucepan combine the lemon peels, orange peels, and 2 cinnamon sitcks with the honey (or sugar) and water. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir well to ensure all the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain through a fine strainer or several layers of cheesecloth. Place back over low heat and add the warm lemon juice and the cider. Heat until hot but not boiling over.
Serve in mugs with an additional cinnamon stick.
As prepared, each serving contains 290 calories, 0g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 77g total carbohydrate and 1g protein.