Hot Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

Nothing says fall like Hot Mulled Apple Cider. The warmth of the mulling spices combined with local fresh apple cider is a delicious beverage to serve at a fall block party or holiday open house.  The spices fill your home with the most amazing aroma that sets the festive mood.  I want mulled cider on my stove from now until spring!


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HotMulled Apple Cider

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
There is nothing better on a cool fall evening or holiday open house than Hot Mulled Apple Cider. It makes the whole house smell deliciously wonderful and it's a family favorite.  Everyone loves hot spiced cider.
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  • 1 gallon fresh cider or organic unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 medium orange - cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 1 1/2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, cut into 1/4 in cubes
  • 4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • Orange slices - for serving (optional)


  • Pour the cider into a 5-quart or larger stock pot or larger slow cooker.
  • Add the orange, ginger, and cinnamon to the pot.
  • Place cloves and star anise pods in a double layer of cheesecloth (or in a pinch a coffee filter will work), gather it up and tie closed with kitchen twine or a twist tie.
  • Cover the pot or slow cooker and cook until the flavors come together. For the stove top version cook for about 45 minutes to an hour. In a slow cooker, you'll want to heat for 2 - 4 hours on LOW.
  • Serve immediately or keep warm. Serve in coffee mugs


For the adults in the group, you can always serve a little good quality rum on the side.
  • Buy fresh apple cider or organic unfiltered apple juice for the best flavor.
  • Cider can be kept tightly sealed in a glass jar for about a week (assuming the original cider would still be good). Just make sure to remove all the spices prior to refrigerating. Discard mulled cider by the cider expiration date.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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