Mulled Cider with Aromatic Spices
MAKES: 20 (6-ounce) Servings

Well, there's no doubt that apple cider was one of the warm drinks cherished by the Michigan lumber men after leaving their homes in the North for a new life in Bayou Country. However, it didn't take long for apple cider to make its way across the Mason Dixon line and for interesting variations to appear in the Lake Charles area. This was a Ramsay House favorite during the holiday season.


  • 4 quarts apple cider
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 2 tbsps whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsps orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt

In a large ceramic sauce pan, combine apple cider and orange juice over medium-high heat. Blend well then add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add allspice, mace, coriander seed, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest and salt. Using a wire whisk, blend spices well into the juices. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and reduce to simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Strain cider and serve hot. For an interesting option, chill cider and serve as a festive cold punch.

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