A seasonal staple in the cider regions of England during the Holidays and Wassailing. Americans generally mull "cider" using fresh apple juice. We suggest you try it as they make it in the Old Country and use a dry to semi-dry fermented cider.
Although expensive to make, this will go a long way at a gathering.
Recipe can be divided in half.
3½pts/2L dry or semi-dry cider
2 apples studded with cloves
4-6 cinnamon sticks
5-6 allspice berries
zest of 1/2 to 1 orange (to taste, too much can over power your drink)
Additional items if so inclined: Apple Brandy, Calvados, or Applejack to taste/strength. Apple spirits are suggested, other spirits will also work.
slices of apple for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes - do not boil.
Transfer to a heat proof bowl and ladle into glass mugs. Garnish with apple slices to serve.