This Mulled Cider Recipe is not only delicious but adds an intoxicating apple cinnamon aroma to the house while it gently simmers on the stove. It's guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Easy Mulled Cider Recipe
Hot apple cider is a seasonal drink that warms you up from the inside out. It's a classic found around the holidays and a fantastic drink to serve around the campfire while you make s'mores and the kiddos are sipping on hot chocolate. How do you make Mulled Cider? In a large pot or saucepan combine apple cider, cran-apple juice, granulated or brown sugar, orange slices, fresh or frozen cranberries, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise and cloves. Let simmer until the spices have permeated the cider then keep warm and enjoy, it's as easy as that!
How to Make the Best Mulled Cider Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Mulled Cider: 2 quarts apple cider, cran-apple juice, orange slices, granulated or light brown sugar, fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole nutmeg and star anise.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: Large pot or saucepan, sharp knife and cutting board, measuring cups, spoon for stirring.
- This recipe is a family friendly version of mulled cider. If you would like to turn it into an adult version add brandy, rum or bourbon to your personal taste.
- Whole cloves and nutmeg are my preference for this recipe but you may be able to adapt using powdered. Start with ½ teaspoon ground cloves and ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg and adjust from that point.
- If you prefer, you can tie up the spices in cheesecloth. You can strain the cider or use a slotted spoon to remove them at the end of cooking.
- For a slightly sweeter version, I add granulated sugar. You could also whisk ¼ cup of light brown sugar into the apple cider prior to heating it.
- This also makes a wonderful air deodorizer. Leave the lid off while boiling to leave a wonderful scent in the air.
- How do you make Mulled Cider in a slow cooker? Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. You can also make this hot apple cider in an Instant Pot on the slow cooker setting.
- Store leftover mulled cider chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in single servings in the microwave, in a saucepan on the stovetop or even serve it chilled.
More Apple Recipes to Make
Apples are readily available year-round but they seem extra special during the fall and Harvest season of the year. More apple recipes you may also like to make:
- Apple Pie Bars with a crumb topping can b enjoyed warm, chilled or at room temperature.
- Apple Cider Doughnut Cake is coated in cinnamon and sugar.
- Fresh Apple Cake with Pecan Praline Glaze is a fall favorite.
- Apple Cider Glazed Doughnuts are the best.
- Praline Apple Bread is drizzled with a decadent buttery caramel glaze.
- You may also love my amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe and Hot Buttered Rum from Food Network.
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Mulled Cider Recipe
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 2 cups cran-apple juice
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (reserve ½ cup for garnishing)
- 6 whole allspice berries
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 star anise
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole nutmeg
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large orange sliced ¼ inch thick slices (Plus additional for garnishing)
- In a large saucepan or pot, mix together cider, cran-apple juice, ½ cup cranberries, cloves, allspice berries, star anise, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, granulated sugar and orange slices.
- Cover and simmer on lowest setting for one hour. (barely bubbling) Stir every 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, skim off any particulate or stir into the cider. Serve warm garnished with reserved cranberries and orange slices.
Terri in Texas
Hi Melissa! I'm interested in your mulled cider recipe but I'm a little confused. In the beginning you state "...combine apple cider, cran-apple juice, brown sugar, orange slices, fresh or frozen cranberries, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise and cloves." Brown sugar isn't listed as an ingredient - granulated sugar is. Also, I think you left out adding the nutmeg in the directions. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!
HI Terri, you may be referencing the notes where I explain you can use granulated or brown sugar according to your preference. Nutmeg is there in the 1st step. Thanks so much for visiting.