Spiced Pomegranate-Apple Cider


Be sure you use the processed cider found on the grocery shelf. The unprocessed cider found in the supermarket's refrigerated section will separate and have a curdled appearance when heated.

Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 pasteurized apple cider or apple juice

  • 2 16 ounce bottles pomegranate juice or 4 cups cranberry juice

  • ¼ cup maple syrup or packed brown sugar

  • 6 fresh kumquats, halved, or 6 3x1-inch thin orange peel strips

  • 16 inch stick cinnamon, broken

  • 12 cardamom pods, lightly crushed to expose seeds

  • 12 whole cloves

  • Thinly sliced apple, fresh kumquats and/or cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice, and maple syrup or brown sugar.

  2. For spice bag, cut a double thickness of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth into a 12-inch square. Place the halved kumquats or orange peel, 16 inches stick cinnamon, cardamom pods, and cloves in center of cloth. Bring the corners of cloth together and tie closed with clean kitchen string. Add spice bag to cider mixture.

  3. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove spice bag and discard.

  4. To serve, ladle cider into mugs. If desired, garnish with additional sliced apple, kumquats and/or cinnamon sticks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

114 Calories
12g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 114
% Daily Value *
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 345mg 7%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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