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Witches’ Brew Cider

The ultimate Halloween party brew, excerpted from Anne Byrn’s What Can I Bring? Cookbook.
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Witches’ Brew Cider

Serves 20 to 24 (makes more than 3 quarts)
Prep: 40 Minutes


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 6 cups (1½ quarts) cranberry juice
  • ¼ packed cup light brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  1. Place the apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon slices in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer until the flavor develops, about 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let steep in the pot for about 30 minutes.
  2. Pour the cider through a fine mesh strainer into a clean pot or a slow cooker. Discard the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon.
  3. To serve, warm the cider over low heat on the stove in a *witchy* cast iron pot and serve. Or, serve it cold with ice rings decorated with candy corn.


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