Cue up the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack and start stringing cranberries and popcorn for the tree! It finally feels like Christmas here. My mom came to visit this year and we’ve hung two little ornaments on a tiny palm in the living room as a makeshift tree. Mele Kalikimaka. It’s a bit of a Hawaiian Charlie Brown tree situation, but we’re content with its charm. So instead of our traditional cranberry garland, we’re digging out this winter staple of mine – a mulled cider. This cider has taken many forms over the years, flipping between apple and pear and incorporating a variety of spices. But only more recently has rose made into the recipe and I think it’s an addition that is here to stay.
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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season.
MULLED ROSE & CRANBERRY PEAR CIDER
6 cups fresh pear juice
2 cups pure water
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 oranges, sliced with peel on
2 tbsp dried rose petals
3 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise pods
1 tbsp cardamom pods
1 tsp whole cloves
Combine all ingredients in a large pot, simmer on medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes. Strain spices from liquid. Serve hot with a cinnamon stick to garnish each mug.
Makes 4-6 servings