Skip to Content

The Easiest Most Delicious Mulled Cider Recipe

Sharing is caring!

It’s so simple to make and so good. Homemade mulled apple cider. The perfect accompaniment to your holiday celebrations. Sweet, spicy, warming and oh so cosy.

Mmmmm the scent of warm alcoholic mulled cider recipe wafting though the house smells just delicious.

This is a great drink to serve to guests as they arrive at autumn or winter parties. And our hot apple cider is perfect for sipping as you sit around a bonfire.

And best of all, it’s really, really easy to make.

mulled cider with oranges and spices floating in the pan, next to the pan is two enamel mugs filled with cider with apple star shapes floating on top. Pan and cups are nestled amongst fallen orange leaves

Mulled Cider Recipe

Serves – 4 (easy to make more – plus see the slow cooker recipe below for serving a crowd)

Prep Time – 5 minutes 

Cook Time – approx 10 minutes

Total Time – 15 minutes 

Equipment Needed To Make Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider Spices

To make our delicious hot mulled cider recipe you’ll need a few warming spices. For every 1.5 litres of hot apple cider we use the following spice mix

  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 star anise – pick up whole spices in the herbs/spice section in the supermarket
  • 6 whole cloves

You can add a couple of allspice berries or juniper berries to the mix if you like.

Mulled Cider Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of ingredients for this seasonal mulled cider recipe

mulled cider ingredients - apple cider in a pan, orange slices and mulled cider spices on a saucer ready to go into the pan
  • 1.5 litres of cider – this is nice made with apple cider or cranberry apple cider works really well too and has a bit of a festive vibe.
  • 2 thick slices of fresh orange
  • 1 set of mulled cider spices – see above for mulling spices recipe

How To Make Mulled Cider

To make our best mulled cider recipe it’s super easy!

mulled cider in a saucepan with mulled cider spices and orange slices

Step One – add the ingredients for hot apple cider to the saucepan

  • Just pour 1.5 litres of apple cider into a saucepan, add a couple of orange slices, a cinnamon stick, a pinch of grated nutmeg, a few cloves and a couple of star anise.

Step Two – simmer the mulled cider on the hob

  • Gently simmer on the stove, no need to boil, let the warming spices flavour the cider.

Step Three – serve your hot apple cider recipe

  • Pour into mugs, and decorate with apple shapes if you like. I ladle this into mugs through a sieve to strain out any of the larger spices.

Loads more ideas for family celebrations here!

Cooks Note! To make the floating apple decorations for on the top of the cider just thickly slice a couple of apples and then use a cookie cutter to cut out the star shapes.

Make Warmed Apple Cider Your Way…

  • Use pear cider or the flavoured apple ciders like apple and cranberry or apple and blueberry.
  • Add juniper berries – I do sometimes add juniper berries – although they remind me of Medieval Halls for some reason!
  • If using cranberry cider, for a festive vibe, I serve this with some fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary as garnish.
  • You can also serve the apple cider with a shot of brandy, whisky, bourbon, or rum if you like.
  • And if you want to make this an alcohol free drink, just use apple juice, and mull the apple juice with the same mulling spices, when I do mulled apple juice I add in some fresh ginger too for a more earthy flavor.

Make Mulled Apple Cider In The Slow Cooker

If you’re throwing a winter party, and want to make a large batch of mulled cider, here’s how

Ingredients for 6 litres of mulled cider – party batch

  • 6 litres apple or cranberry cider
  • 6 slices of fresh orange
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 star anise
  • 24 whole cloves

How to make mulled apple cider in the slow cooker

  • Pour the cider into the slow cooker dish.
  • Add the orange slices
  • Add the mulling spices
  • Heat on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Strain before serving to remove the whole spices

Get more alcohol drinks recipes here

What Food To Serve With Mulled Cider

Sausages and pork go great with cider – check our delicious pork based recipes below!

  • Pulled Pork – deliciously slowly cooked in a rich smoky BBQ sauce, pulled and stuffed into toasted brioche rolls. So good!
  • Ultimate Sausage Sandwich oh these are just the BEST sausage sandwiches, lightly toasted bread topped with caramelised onions, rocket, sausages and Parmesan shavings. Delicious!

More Warming Winter Drinks To Try

  • Mulled wine – simmer up a pot of festive mulled wine with this really simple recipe.
  • Baileys Hot Chocolate – a wintery, cosy alcoholic hot chocolate that’s perfect for warming up with on a cold day!
  • Hot Vimto – a warming, cosy wintery drink to wrap your hands around!

Get more easy Christmas recipes here

Yield: Serves 4

Delicious mulled apple cider

mulled cider with oranges and spices floating in the pan, next to the pan is two enamel mugs filled with cider with apple star shapes floating on top. Pan and cups are nestled amongst fallen orange leaves

Delicious autumnal beverage of hot mulled cider

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 litres of apple cider
  • 2 slices of orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 cloves

Instructions

  1. Pour the cider into a saucepan and add the oranges, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Gently warm.
  2. Pour into mugs using a sieve to catch the spices.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 1g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

Love to Instagram your food?

Follow me on Instagram for more delicious recipe inspiration daily!

Get more drink recipes here

Save our warming apple cider recipe to Pinterest for later!

mulled cider with oranges and spices floating in the pan, next to the pan is two enamel mugs filled with cider with apple star shapes floating on top. Pan and cups are nestled amongst fallen orange leaves. Text overlay "deliciously cosy mulled apple cider'

Loads more ideas for Christmas celebrations here!

Hey – we hope you enjoy the hot mulled cider recipe and when you make it don’t forget to tag us your creations on Twitter @daisiesandpieUK or Instagram @daisiesandpie

Get more delicious meal ideas and easy recipes here

Your friends at Daisies & Pie advise you to drink responsibly, for further information please visit www.drinkaware.co.uk

Skip to Recipe