Savor the Season: A Cozy Introduction to Our Spiced Mulled Hot Apple Cider Recipe

teddy bear drinking hot apple cider by the fire

As we embrace the changing seasons, there’s a particular joy in indulging in beverages that not only warm us from the inside out but also bring a sense of seasonal magic to our homes. If you’re on the lookout for a drink that captures the essence of the holidays, our Spiced Mulled Apple Cider is the perfect concoction. This recipe harmonizes the natural sweetness of apple cider with a blend of spices, creating a beverage that is both a treat for the palate and a sensory delight for your home.

Imagine the scene: you, surrounded by the subtle aromas of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus, wrapped in your favorite blanket, ready to sip on a mug of warmth. This mulled apple cider isn’t just a drink; it’s an invitation to bask in the comforting flavors that define the season.

Join us as we take you through the steps of crafting this seasonal masterpiece. Whether you’re hosting a laid-back gathering or seeking a solo moment of tranquility, our Spiced Mulled Apple Cider is the perfect companion. Let’s explore the enchanting world of spices and the delightful essence of apples, creating a symphony of flavors that will make this season truly special. Get ready to savor the magic that comes with each steaming cup – because this is more than a recipe; it’s an experience.


  • 1 gallon (approx. 3.8 liters) of apple cider
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 8-10 whole cloves
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 star anise
  • 1-2 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar or to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • Optional: 1-2 shots of dark rum or bourbon per serving (for adults)


  1. Pour the apple cider into a large pot or slow cooker.
  2. Add the orange and lemon slices to the cider.
  3. Insert the cloves into the orange and lemon slices. This will release their flavor into the cider.
  4. Place the cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom pods, and whole allspice into a cheesecloth or a spice bag. Tie it securely.
  5. Add the spice bundle to the pot with the cider.
  6. Stir in the brown sugar. Adjust the amount according to your sweetness preference.
  7. Heat the cider over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Avoid boiling to preserve the flavors.
  8. Once the cider is simmering, reduce the heat to low and let it continue to simmer for at least 15-20 minutes. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will meld.
  9. If using a slow cooker, set it to low and let the cider simmer for 2-3 hours.
  10. Before serving, you can add a shot of dark rum or bourbon to individual mugs for the adults (optional).
  11. Ladle the mulled apple cider into mugs, making sure to include some of the citrus slices and spices in each serving.
  12. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a slice of orange if desired.

Enjoy your perfect Christmas Mulled Apple Cider! It’s sure to warm you up and spread holiday cheer.