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

Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American, Fall, Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 154 kcal
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.



  • 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)


  1. Pour the cider into a 5-quart or larger stock pot or larger slow cooker.
  2. Add the orange, ginger, and cinnamon to the pot.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve immediately or keep warm. Serve in coffee mugs

Recipe Notes

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.
Nutrition Facts
HotMulled Apple Cider
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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